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Asclepias syriaca – Common Milkweed


Asclepias syriaca Common Milkweed is the plant most people think of when they hear the word ‘milkweed’.  This Michigan native occurs throughout most of the United States and thrives in almost any well drained soil and produces a profusion of fragrant mauve colored flowers in midsummer.  The sweet scented flowers attract hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other pollinators and beneficial insects. Of all the milkweeds this is the easiest and fastest to establish, yet it is known to be invasive and must be used with care. This milkweed grows best in full sun and average to well-drained soil with no irrigation and will tolerate extreme conditions.

Available May 2017

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Asclepias syriaca Common Milkweed

Distribution: AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV

Asclepias syriaca Common Milkweed is one of the easiest and fastest to establish of the Milkweeds as it spreads rapidly by rhizomes and grows readily from seed.

Common milkweed is characterized by large, showy flowers clusters that range in color from nearly white to deep pink-purple. The fragrance is very delicate and pleasing.  When in bloom, Asclepias syriaca is a butterfly magnet for butterflies as well as pollinators and beneficial insects alike.

Milkweed (Asclepias spp.) is of vital importance and critical to the survival of the Monarch butterfly as the larvae only eat milkweed. Females will search for fresh tender leaves on which to lay their eggs. With habitat loss and the use of pesticides it is has become increasingly difficult for Monarchs to find Asclepias during their spring migration and throughout the summer breeding season, particularly in the Midwest prairies where it once grew in abundance.

All of our plants are grown without the use of harmful pesticides and are safe for developing larvae.


Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 4 × 4 × 4 in


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