Asclepias speciosa

£2.50

Showy milkweed. A vigorous perennial growing 75 cm (2½ ft) high, spreading, with woolly leaves and purple-pink flowers in summer. All the milkweeds have edible young shoots (cooked like asparagus) and flowers buds (with a pea flavour). A fibre is produced from the stems, and the seed floss is water-repellent and formerly used in life jackets. The stems produce a latex in small amounts which makes a high quality rubber. Likes a moist soil and sun; protect young plants from slugs. Hardy to -40ºC. Stratification: ND. Number of seeds: 10.

11 in stock

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Showy milkweed. A vigorous perennial growing 75 cm (2½ ft) high, spreading, with woolly leaves and purple-pink flowers in summer. All the milkweeds have edible young shoots (cooked like asparagus) and flowers buds (with a pea flavour). A fibre is produced from the stems, and the seed floss is water-repellent and formerly used in life jackets. The stems produce a latex in small amounts which makes a high quality rubber. Likes a moist soil and sun; protect young plants from slugs. Hardy to -40ºC. Stratification: ND