Asclepias

Milkweed, Butterfly Weed

A big-time butterfly attraction, particularly for the Monarch at larval stage, this American-born perennial promises an irresistible, long lasting summertime display in a well-drained mixed border or more informal venue. The Butterfly Weed’s showy flowers look exceptional in cut arrangements, either fresh or dried, while its slender seed pods lend decorative accents.

A floriferous white-blooming selection of Missouri’s native Swamp Milkweed, ‘Ice Ballet’s straight sturdy stems lift tight-knit, delicately fragrant pearlescent umbels and silky haired seeds. Lance-shaped, slender deep green leaves cloak the attractive compact habit, which can be added to butterfly gardens, sunny borders or stream sides, where it lures hummingbirds as well as butterflies, especially Gray Hairstreaks and Queens. This easy-care cultivar tolerates clay, deer and wet soil.

Blooms July–August

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

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Current Staff's Favorite Plant

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Helianthus 'Sheila's Sunshine', Persicaria 'Summer Dance', and Selinum wallichianum

Helianthus ‘Sheila’s Sunshine - P-0461

The sunflower was once an emblem of the Sun God of the Incas. Our sunflowers tolerate a wide range of garden soils, attract bees, and make great cut flowers. Blooms early August – October.

Persicaria ‘Summer Dance’ - P-1312

With foliage that’s close to lime-green, and spiky floral tails that approach the scarlet spectrum of rosy pink, this slow spreading perennial is sure to please. Happiest in semishade with ample moisture. Blooms August–November.

Selinum wallichianum - P-1406

This refined Himalayan beauty happens to be one of our favorite perennial umbellifers. With untold elegance, infinitely divided leaves craft a delicate, lacelike transparency. The compact yet airy green canopy is framed by distinctive, purple-infused branching stems that elevate a charming, late season display of white flattened umbels.

Subduing the riotous array of summertime blooms, it seldom needs staking, and appreciates a well draining moist niche. Blooms June–August.

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