- Sep 20, 2020
hmmmm well I can tell you that I purchased the butterly weed seeds (orange) flowers and turned out they were the common milkweed with pink/purple flowers. It is possible you got a different one in the mix as there are many varieties, so far all my milkweed/butterfly weeds leaves look the same even though the new ones I planted are supposed to be the butterfly weed. Last year I downloaded the plant identifier for the trial time and found out what was what in my garden.The first of our butterfly weed was started from seeds, and on the packet it said '365 days to bloom', and they were right. That was 4 years ago, and it seems that each year they have developed more. Not necessarily spreading, but taller and more robust stalks, with larger heads to them. Those that I got as bare root plants last year are doing better also.
A curious thing, though. All of those plants were supposed to be the same- the 'Summer Zest' variety of asclepias, and yet one is different. It has rounded leaves instead of the long, pointed leaves of all the others, and they are corrugated instead of smooth, but it is developing the clusters of blossoms just like the others. Curious.