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Asclepias syriaca

Common Milkweed

  • »  A nectar source for many butterflies, especially Monarchs
  • »  Monarchs only lay their eggs on milkweed plants
  • »  Seed pods are used in dried flower arrangements
  • »  Easy to grow, drought tolerant once established
  • »  Deer and rabbit resistant

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When most people think of milkweed, this is the one that comes to mind. Fragrant flowers bloom on tall, sturdy stems in mid-summer. Monarch butterflies need milkweed to because it is the only plant their caterpillars can eat. This is an easy perennial to grow in full sun. Best planted in an area where it has room to spread. Lovely planted with ornamental grasses. They also attract native bees and a wide variety of other butterflies including; buckeyes, eastern tiger swallowtails, fritillaries, hairstreaks, painted lady butterflies, red admirals, spicebush swallowtails and queens. They also attract humming birds and hummingbird moths.

Foliage Color
Maintenance and Care
Low Maintenance
Mass Planting
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Flower Color
Full Sun
Partial Sun
Soil Moisture
Dry Soil
Average Water
Moist, Well-Drained
Growing & Maintenance Tips for Asclepias syriaca

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Drought tolerant once established. Perfect for butterfly gardens, prairies and natural settings. Give them plenty of room, they will spread.