Common Milkweed spreads by rhizomes so we recommend only planting it where you would like a “wild” look.
Native wildflowers require a “cold stratification” or cold treatment before they will germinate. Options: 1) sow seeds outside before March 1st. 2) mix the seeds into ½ cup of moist sand in a sealed plastic bag and place in the refrigerator for 6 weeks before planting. 3) Plant the seeds in the fall so they are naturally exposed to the cold and will germinate the following spring/summer.
Plant these native wildflowers in bare mineral soil In a full sun location. Prepare area by removing weeds and loosen soil surface with a rake. Hand broadcast (sow) seeds evenly over area. Water seeds with a light sprinkle after sowing.
From seed, these plants can take 1-3 years to become established and large enough to flower. We recommend sowing several species of native plants together such as “Save the Bees” or “Good Bug Blend.” We also recommend sowing annual plant seeds to fill in the area until the native plants get established. These could include Evening Primrose, Hopi Red Dye Amaranth, Dyer’s Coreopsis, Calendula, Cosmos or Rye.
Milkweed fluff can be used as natural stuffing for pillows, dolls, etc. Collect the fluff just before or as pods are starting to open
Collect dry pods before they begin to lose their fluff. Dry the pods inside. Split pods open and pull out the seeds and fluff.
Our Recommendations with Common Milkweed Wildflower