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Asclepias syriaca

common milkweed

The common milkweed is a favorite of Monarchs and many other pollinators, and naturalizes quickly in a range of soil conditions. This plant produces multitudes of sweetly scented, edible, and absolutely beautiful flowers in midsummer, and contributes winter interest with its dry seedpods in fall and winter.

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Height: 24-42 in
Spread: 36-60 in
Hardiness Zone: 3-9


Bloom Color: Purple

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Species
Exposure
Sun
Part Shade
Soil Moisture
Dry
Average
Ecoregion
(58) Northeastern Highlands
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
Ornamental Interest
Summer Bloom
Attracts Wildlife
Host Plant
Pollinator Powerhouse Plant
Other Pollinators/Wildlife
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Bees
Tolerance
Urban Environment
Drought Tolerant
Deer/Rabbit Resistant
Salt Tolerant
Additional Attributes
Edible
Low Maintenance
Fragrant


North American Distribution


common milkweed - Asclepias syriaca from Native Plant Trust
common milkweed - Asclepias syriaca from Native Plant Trust
common milkweed - Asclepias syriaca from Native Plant Trust
common milkweed - Asclepias syriaca from Native Plant Trust