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Graham Spencer

That looks really interesting. Keep me posted! In my experience, a rich yellow like that is more likely to survive on its own than pale yellows (and certainly than white, which always dies). It might be worth taking the tip out of it to encourage it to branch. The tip could also be put into tissue culture - I have friendly labs who would have a go at that sort of speculative project to see if it would work in exchange for the chance to be the first to offer it to growers if it does work!

Ron Rabideau

Awesome Graham! I found a gorgeous 4 color variegated one near the nursery 2 years ago but it didn't come back ):. I did get pictures. Yours should come true from seed and I think I see flower buds. Just hope it doesn't get mowed! I'm posting your link to a Facebook group called Anything But Green!

Ron Rabideau

Graham, I'm pretty certain the species is Asclepias syriaca, not tuberosa, which is Butterfly Weed.

Valerie Gillman

I thought they couldn't be transplanted beyond seedling stage because of the long tap root. When I tried it, it seemed to take, but didn't return in the spring. Could you take cuttings of some kind?

Graham Rice

Dead right, Ron (and also Gordon who emailed). The info is for the right plant but a bleary late night posting led to that slip. Now corrected.

Graham Spencer

Re: removing the top. It wasn't me. Honest.

Alaska Fishing Tackle

Good job on this post Graham. Thanks for sharing. I will keep your article in my idea.

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