Asclepias syriaca is a tall, stout milkweed with domed, fragrant clusters of pink/rose colored blooms. The stems and leaves of this plant release a milky sap when cut or bruised. A. syricaca grows well in average, moist to dry soils in full sun. It is easily grown from seed and will self-seed in the landscape.
Milkweed is well known for bringing in the butterflies. The flowers are a nectar source for many butterfly species and the leaves are an excellent food source for monarch butterfly larvae. The plant has also found its way in human history. People have used milkweed for fiber, food, and medicine. Native Americans are believed to have used the flower nectar as a sweetener and the fibers were used for making cords, ropes, and cloth.
For more information on this plant, visit the USDA PLANTS Database: http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ASSY