Asclepias speciosa, Showy Milkweed

Asclepias speciosa, Showy Milkweed

Bell-shaped umbels of purple-pink flowers throughout the summer make this an outstanding choice for large meadow gardens. Asclepias are excellent nectar sources and are food for the larval stages of Monarch and Queen butterflies. Plants spread by rhizomes and can be aggressive, therefore they may not be suitable for small landscape plantings.

Additional Information

Botanical Name

Asclepias speciosa

Common Name

Milkweed

Bloom Color

Pink, Purple

Bloom Time

Late Spring, Early Summer

Foliage Color

Green

Light Requirements

Sun

Height

48″

Width

12-18″

Uses

Butterflies, Fragrant, Hummingbirds, Missouri Native Plant, Naturalize, Rain Gardens

Resistance

Deer, Drought

Soil

Average, Dry, Moist, Poor

Water Needs

Average, Low

Zone

4-9

Plant Type

Perennial