Asclepias Plants

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  1. New Asclepias Plants
  2. What is the name of the plant pictured?
  3. Plant indentification
Asked by Anonymous on July 16, 2011
New Asclepias Plants

I have three 4-month-old Asclepias tuberosa plants I started by seed indoors in late March. I also acquired a cutting from a common milkweed. All are doing great so far. I am concerned about how I should care for them this winter. The three butterfly weed plants are in the ground at about 15-18 inches high and my milkweed is in a container, still a little delicate I think to transplant yet. Can you give me advice on how to keep them all safe through their first Chicago winter?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Mulch your plants with a good layer of straw or leaves this winter. Remove the mulch in early spring so you don't smother the young shoots.

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Susan75023

They should be fine over winter if you have them in the ground now. They are establishing a good root system to prepare them for winter. Try to get the last one in the ground as soon as possible so it can do the same. Many of the asclepias are native and grow without any help In MN often dropping seed giving you more of the same.

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Asked by ohkubo5626 on June 27, 2015
What Is the Name of the Plant Pictured?

The leaves have a really bad smell.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

I identify this as Asclepias Curassavica or Tropical Milkweed.

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Asked by nicholas.jenine on October 9, 2016
Plant Indentification

Kindly help this baffled individual in identifying the plant as per attached picture.

Thank you 🙂 Jenine – South Africa

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Alisma
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

This plant is a milkweed (Asclepias) species, probably Asclepias curassavica, or tropical milkweed:

http://tulip.hort.purdue.edu/gallery/index.php/Group-Four/Asclepiadaceae/Asclepias/curassavica/asclepias_curassavica_3

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nicholas.jenine

Thank you so very much

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