With its purple flowers and blue-green leaves, heartleaf milkweed is one of the most colorful western milkweed species. A larval host plant for the monarch butterfly, heartleaf milkweed can be found growing in open grassland, or rocky habitat in sunny openings in oak woodland or forest. This uncommon plant is perfect for a rock garden or other area with sharp drainage. Unlike other milkweeds, heartleaf milkweed grows from a deep taproot adapted to the dry locations where it naturally grows. Slow growing at first, heartleaf milkweed will eventually become a multi-stemmed clump with purple flowers blooming May-June. Deer resistant and drought tolerant. If you plant it, most likely monarch butterflies will find it!
Seed Germination Instructions
30-60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to early spring.