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When we began collecting seeds to grow our milkweeds finding Purple Milkweed was high on the list. While its native range extends throughout the eastern half of the country it is not locally common here in central Ohio. Purple Milkweed shares many of the same characteristics as Common Milkweed with (at least) one important difference: flower color. Purple Milkweed flowers are just that, a lovely purple or lavender color. The color is much more intense than the pink flowers of Common Milkweed. Leaves are a dark green color and may have a wavy margin or edge to them.
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|Rare in state and Present in county (NA Native and Rare in state, and Present in county)|
|Extirpated/Historic in state/Native (NA Native and Reported in county)|
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Culturally, Purple Milkweed is at home in clay, loam or silty soils. Shallow rocky soils do not pose a problem either. In naturalized areas this plant would be appropriate for woodland edges, slopes and banks and meadows provided it gets at least a few hours of direct sunlight. Purple Milkweed is deer resistant and drought resistant once established. Milkweeds in general are pollinator magnets when in bloom. Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, beetles and an array of nighttime pollinators visit the flowers over an extended bloom time. Some sources report that this plant can spread aggressively while others say it’s well behaved. Our experience is the latter. Other reports suggest this species is a bit difficult to grow to blooming size which has not been our experience either. Spreading underground by rhizomes and by seeds it may not be appropriate for smaller gardens. If this is your situation, then planting Purple Milkweed in a large pot as a patio plant may be the way to go to enjoy the flowers and pollinators they attract.
Please note that Riverside Native Perennials (RNP) only ships our potted “35” product via USPS. We generally can have your plants boxed up and ready to go within two or three days. All other products including our flat of plugs, 1-gallon and 3-gallon containers are only available for nursery pick up in Delaware, OH. For large orders of any of our products we can arrange shipping at an extra cost. Please contact the nursery for additional information.
It’s important to note that when we send plants to you, presentation is everything! We recognize that you’re expecting healthy plants to arrive safely on your doorstep ready to be planted and that is what we’re selling. Further, we want you to know that while we are a fully licensed and inspected perennial nursery in the state of Ohio…we are in Ohio! That means we are subject to Ohio weather. The average frost-free date for our area is May 15. So even though you may live in Florida or California your plants are growing under Ohio conditions and we do not heat our greenhouses due to the expense. Our plants may be slightly delayed but again it’s because we’re in a Zone 5 area. Because we ship nationwide, we ship plants at all times of the year. If it’s winter in Ohio, you’ll be getting dormant plants. If it’s spring or summer in Ohio, you’ll be getting plants of various sizes that are actively growing. Plants shipped during fall in Ohio may be dormant or may be heading towards dormancy. This is all natural and we do not try to modify or prolong the growing season other than to grow them in an unheated greenhouse. Even in an unheated greenhouse our plants are much further along and growing well early in the spring than if they were planted outside in Zone 5. If you would like additional information about sizes for a particular species, please contact us via email.
In 2021 RNP partnered with a shipping professional to design and develop a shipping system that could reasonably be expected to survive the USPS mail room and transportation process. After several design sessions and going back to the drawing board on more than a couple of occasions we created a shipping box system that, to us, is bulletproof. It is strong, lightweight and, to date, has not failed in shipping nearly 150 packages of plants to all corners of the country.
Once selected from our greenhouse benches, your plants are placed into a small plastic bag to maintain moisture during shipping. To keep the soil in the pot we created a cardboard insert that perfectly fits into the top of our 35 containers. The insert has a cutout that surrounds to plant stem without damaging it. The plastic bag and insert are secured by two rubber bands. Each bagged plant is then placed into an individual corrugated cardboard box which perfectly fits the 35 container, and which locks it in place so that it will not move during transit. Four individual boxes are then placed into another, even heavier duty corrugated cardboard master shipping box. The whole effect is that of double boxing your plants. They are safe and secure for the long trip to your home landscape!
The system only works with 4 individual boxes being packed into a single master shipping box so we encourage you to buy four plants or a multiple of four plants. You can buy less than four plants but we will need to send all the cardboard for four plants in order for the shipping system to succeed as designed.