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Bloom Season: Blooms Early Summer, Blooms Late Summer

US Regions: Arid/Desert, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

Review By louise billings

Life Cycle: Perennial

Stratification: Cold/Wet for 4 Weeks

Review By ryan wallengren

Harvesting: This makes a striking cut flower. Because the stems contain no milky sap, these flowers tend to have a longer vase life than most milkweed varieties. Cut the stems long, choosing flowers that have just opened.

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Amy Andrychowicz says

Butterfly weed is one of my favorite plants that I have growing in my garden. Not only does it add amazing color to the garden, the butterflies flock to it. Plus, it’s a host plant for everyone’s favorite monarch butterfly.

Butterfly weed flower growing in my garden

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Dot Zimmerman says

I have a question. I was gifted with a bag of seed pods. They are still green. Can I leave them in the paper bag and will they dry out and be ready for planting? Sorry to be so dumb. I’m ;hoping they will dry out and I will be able to have wonderful butterfly bushes galore….to go along with my crocosmia plants.

Harvesting Butterfly Weed Seeds

Yes, unfortunately it does sound like you harvested your butterfly weed seeds too soon. It’s weird that the seed pods were brown and cracking open before the seeds were mature. Are there any other pods on the plant? If so, wait until the pods open up and the white cotton is starting to stick out before harvesting them. Otherwise, I think you’ll have to wait until next year. You could try planting the seeds you have and see if they’ll grow though, you never know.

Thank you for the information on how to harvest butterfly weed seeds! Have a beautiful orange plant and want more!