How do you grow Asclepias fascicularis?

Seeds need light to germinate so just gently press them into the soil on their sides without burying them. Keep soil moist. Some seeds germinate in as little as 2 weeks after planting, but others in the same bed may continue to germinate for 1-2 months after that.

Is Asclepias fascicularis invasive?

It is generally non-invasive and easy to grow and care for. Milkweed requires full sun. It will need some water until it is established.

Is Asclepias fascicularis perennial?

Asclepias fascicularis is a California native perennial that is well sought after for its use in butterfly habitats, particularly as a food source for Monarch butterfly caterpillars. The flowers also supply nectar for butterflies and hummingbirds.

Do monarchs like Narrowleaf milkweed?

In summer, Narrow-Leaf Milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis) grow fragrant white or lavender flowers that are a beautiful addition to any garden. In addition to the visual element, planting milkweed provides food for monarch caterpillars and nectar for a diverse range of pollinators.

Where should you not plant milkweed?

It is not recommended to plant milkweed within 10 miles of the coast in central and northern California where milkweed did not occur historically. Instead, plant a variety of flowers native to your region that provide nectar from early spring through fall to support monarchs and other pollinators.

Where is the best place to plant milkweed?

Best growing practices suggest milkweeds be planted in the sunniest parts of your yard or garden. If you have a choice of soil, most milkweed species thrive in light, well-drained soils with seeds planted a quarter-inch deep.

Why is milkweed illegal?

Last month, county Agricultural Commissioner Ed Williams prohibited the sale of a tropical milkweed called Asclepias curassavica after the California Department of Food and Agriculture classified it as a B-rated noxious weed. That means the state considers the species detrimental and counties can ban its sale.

Is Asclepias fascicularis good for Monarch butterflies?

Caption: Narrow-leaf Milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis) is a native species that grows on our local hillsides and is an excellent foodplant for Monarch butterflies.

Is Asclepias fascicularis poisonous?

Leaves may be narrow or broad. Leaves or other above-ground parts of the plant are poisonous. They contain several glucosidic substances called cardenolides that are toxic.

Which milkweed is best for monarchs?

Female monarchs will lay eggs on all nine milkweed species, but they prefer some over others. Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) and common milkweed (A. syriaca) averaged the highest number of eggs.

Where should I plant milkweed?

Why is milkweed a problem?

Milkweed hosts a protozoan parasite called Ophryocystis elektroscirrha (OE). As caterpillars, monarchs ingest the parasite along with their normal milkweed meals, and when they hatch from their chrysalises they are covered in spores. “It’s a debilitating parasite,” Satterfield says.

What month do you plant milkweed?

Ideally, the best time to plant milkweed seeds is in the fall so the cold temperatures and moisture that come with winter stimulate germination. You can also plant milkweed in the springtime.

Can I plant milkweed in my yard?

Plant in full sun locations. Soil: There is a Milkweed variety for every landscape. Common Milkweed grows well in average garden soil. Swamp Milkweed, as its name implies, will do best in a moist environment, making it great for wet meadows or rain gardens.

Should I cut back milkweed in the fall?

It is recommended to prune the milkweed stalks to about 6 inches in height during the fall and winter months to discourage monarchs from establishing winter-breeding colonies. Cutting back the milkweed will also help to eliminate OE spores that may be present on the plant.

What is the prettiest milkweed?

Butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Sometimes also called butterfly weed, this perennial is what we suggest for most people who want to plant milkweed but also want something pretty. It grows 1-2 feet high, has gorgeous orange flowers and blooms June-September.

Can I just scatter milkweed seeds?

You can sow milkweed seeds by scattering them on the soil surface 1/4-1/2 inch apart, and then cover them with about 1/4 inch of additional soil. Water the area frequently after planting until plants become established. Many species need to be vernalized (cold treated) before planting.

Are coffee grounds good for milkweed?

GROUND THEM: Those naughty aphids need a time out, so keep them away from their favorite milkweed plants by sprinkling coffee grounds around them.

How do you prepare milkweed for winter?

Milkweed blooms throughout the summer, but should be cut back before winter. You can cut back in the late fall or early spring, depending on your generosity towards the critters in your area. If you cut too early, you’ll know because there will still be seeds stuck in the pods. Stop cutting if you see active pods.

Which milkweed do monarchs prefer?

Do you cut milkweed down in the fall?

Cut back milkweed stalks in the late fall or winter, after they have produced seed pods and these seeds have had time to mature. Leave at least 6 inches of stalks to provide habitat for insects throughout the winter.

Can milkweed survive a freeze?

Hardy Perennials – These milkweed species can survive below freezing temperatures in any zone in the United States. They go dormant in the winter months and return each spring.