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Typical inventory plug The flowers of common milkweed are a nectar source for many butterflies and the leaves provide food for monarch butterfly larvae.

Typical inventory plug
The flowers of common milkweed are a nectar source for many butterflies and the leaves provide food for monarch butterfly larvae. USDA, NRCS. 2012. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 5 October 2012). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

Asclepias syriaca

Common milkweed

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. 


Height:

3-4 ft

Spread:

9-12 in

USDA Hardiness Zone:

4-9

Bloom Color:

Pink, Rose

Asclepias syriaca Characteristics

Exposure

  • Full Sun to Partial Shade

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant

Attracts Wildlife

  • Butterflies

Soil Moisture Preference

  • Moist to Dry

Attributes

  • Naturalizing
  • Drought Tolerant

Flowering Months

  • July
  • June

Foliage Color

  • Green

Interesting Notes:

For more information on this plant, visit the USDA PLANTS Database: http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ASSY