Orange butterfly weed is also a native here, seen along the roadside, along golf courses, back roads and in fields. Almost anywhere there is hot, dry, clay, crummy soil you can spot a few plants. From what I have seen, they never appear in a huge abundant plot like the common milkweed, but they are common. I tried them in my yard many years ago and evidently had too enriched of a spot. I am trying them again on my lower, south facing bank and not amending the soil at all. Hopefully this time they will prosper.
My seeds were started last fall using the milk jug method and from a friend. I noticed sprouts starting in late spring and have just now gotten around to potting them up. The seedlings are very small and probably only 25-30" germination rate. But I have some! It is June 9, 2015 and they are now potted up and placed with the others in a holding area.
|Enough for a couple of pots. |
Photo taken June 9, 2015
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