Asclepias syriaca, Common Milkweed
Asclepias syriaca, Common Milkweed

Asclepias syriaca, Common Milkweed

This Missouri native classic is best known as a food of larval Monarch butterflies. A robust plant whose deep pink clusters of fragrant flowers in June and July are followed by lovely pods of silky seeds in October. Delicate fragrance. Seed pods are good in arrangements. Plants spread by rhizomes and can be aggressive, therefore they may not be suitable for small landscape plantings. Also known as Silkweed.

Additional Information

Botanical Name

Asclepias syriaca

Common Name

Milkweed

Bloom Color

Pink

Bloom Time

Summer

Foliage Color

Green

Light Requirements

Sun

Height

24-48″

Width

12″

Uses

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

Resistance

Deer, Drought

Soil

Average, Clay, Dry, Moist, Poor

Water Needs

Average, Low

Zone

3-8

Plant Type

Perennial