Search
Customer Login
Asclepias syriaca (Common milkweed)
Species Distribution Map: Click to enlarge
Map Color Key © 2013 BONAP

Asclepias syriaca

Common milkweed

This native classic is best known as a food of larval monarch butterflies (along with its siblings A. incarnata and A. tuberosa). Robust and stoloniferous with deep pink clusters of fragrant flowers in June and July, followed by lovely pods of silky seeds in October.

PRICING
Asclepias syriaca LP50 - 50 per flat $57.50
Add to My North Creek Nurseries Wish List

Height

2-4 Feet

Spread

1 Feet

Spacing

12 Inches

Bloom Color

Pink

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

Common milkweed Interesting Notes

This favorite of the Monarch butterfly produces a profusion of sweet-scented lavender flowers in mid-summer. The caterpillars feast on the leaves, stocking up for the day when they will become butterflies and migrate to Mexico for the winter. The milkweed's pods are also a favorite for dried arrangements. Grows readily from seed, and thrives on almost any well-drained soil, even tough clay or dry sand. Spreading rapidly by rhizomes, it is best planted in a large area with other grasses and flowers. Grows to two to four feet tall. Prairie Nursery

Asclepias syriaca Growing and Maintenance Tips

This milkweed grows best in full sun and average to well-drained soil with no irrigation. Fertilizer will accelerate growth, but is not necessary for optimal performance. It is an excellent component of a native meadow or butterfly garden and will tolerate extreme conditions such as a west facing slope.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Butterflies
Butterflies
Full Sun
Full Sun
Summer
Summer
Fragrant
Fragrant
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Average
Average

Additional Information

Growth Rate
Medium
Attributes
Meadow
Wildflower Garden
Native to US
Mass Planting
Dry Sun
Stream Edge
Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Propagation Type
Open pollinated