Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet'
This is a beautiful white flowering form that lasts much longer as a cut flower than the normal species. Pure white flowers top off 3 to 3.5 foot tall plants. This species is loved by butterflies, and this form is covered with insects during blooming. Flowering in July - September and growing well in normal to wet soils. Plants are long lived and will bloom the first year from an early sowing. Nice up-right habit with plants. Like most Asclepia, plants are slow to come out of the ground in the spring but once they start to grow - grow fast. Some flowering the first year with a late winter sowing
The species is native to North Eastern and Central United States. Were it is found growing along streams and lakes and in moist grassy locations and open woodlands along drainage areas. Soak seeds in hot water for 24 hours ( replace the water with fresh hot water every 8 hours) and surface sow ( light helps with germination) , germination in 1-2 weeks at F 70. once germination begins cover the seeds slightly with some soil medium. If little germination move to 25-38F for 5 weeks then back to 70F.