Indian Milkweed Seeds for Butterfly Gardens
Asclepias eriocarpa is a California native milkweed with many common names including Indian milkweed, Woolly-pod milkweed, Kotolo milkweed, and Black Oak milkweed. It is also native across the border in parts of Nevada and can be grown in other parts of the western US.
Indian milkweed seeds produce a highly utilized host plant for Monarch butterflies in dry, arid, or semi-arid areas. Many other butterflies and pollinators visit these plants for the nectar in their flowers.
Characteristics of Asclepias eriocarpa
Woollypod milkweed, a herbaceous perennial, grows about 1-3 feet tall with a 1 ft spread in USDA zones 5-9 (some references say that the range is tighter, zones 6-8). Even though it is a perennial, this milkweed will likely produce flowers in the first year. The flowers appear from May-Oct and are white-cream-pinkish and full of nectar. The flowers give way to seed pods that are large and woolly.
The long, oval, rippled leaves are a pretty mint green color. These plants make quite an impression when grouped together in a garden.
Indian milkweed likes full sun but tolerates part shade. It grows well with dry-medium moisture and in rocky, sandy and even clay soils. They are quite drought tolerant. As a result, this is considered an easy milkweed when grown in its native conditions!
Starting Woollypod Milkweed Seeds
We are planting these Indian milkweed seeds for the first time right now. We believe they will not need any pre-treatment and are planting them at 1/8″ deep, expecting them to come up in 10-21 days. This will be updated with our experiences as soon as we know how these perform! Indian milkweed can also be fall planted.
Indian Milkweed is a very easy, pretty and useful milkweed for Western US Butterfly Gardens!