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Asclepias syriaca

Common milkweed

While it's the primary host plant for Monarch butterflies, other butterfly species visit the sweetly fragrant flowers of Asclepias syriaca as well. Plain old roadside milkweed, the fluff of the seedheads is a bit magical when caught by the breeze.


  • Category:Perennials
  • Hardiness Zone:4-9
  • Height:24-48 Inches
  • Spread:12 Inches

Flower Color
Lavender
Rose
Foliage Color
Green
Best Usage
Border or Bed
Mass Planting
Naturalizing
Soil Moisture Preference
Dry
Average
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Exposure
Sun
Growth Rate
Fast

While it's the primary host plant for Monarch butterflies, other butterfly species visit the sweetly fragrant flowers of Asclepias syriaca as well. Plain old roadside milkweed, the fluff of the seedheads is a bit magical when caught by the breeze.