Common Milkweed

 - Asclepias syriaca

Light: Full Sun, Partial
Soil: Sand, Loam, Clay
Moisture: Dry, Medium
Benefits: Pollinators, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Height: 2'-4'
Blooms: Jun, Jul, Aug
Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Color: Pink, Lavender
Spacing: 1'
Root: Rhizome
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Common Milkweed is the plant most people think of when they hear the word “milkweed.” Asclepias syriaca thrives in almost any well-drained soil, and produces a profusion of lavender to pink flowers in midsummer. The sweet scented flowers attract and benefit a plethora of pollinators. Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on plants in the Asclepias genus, exclusively – their caterpillars feast on the leaves.

Of the milkweeds, this is one of the easiest and fastest to establish, as it spreads rapidly by rhizomes and grows readily from seed. Plant some today to help counter the increasing threat to the Monarch population. Planting Asclepias syriaca in large areas with other prairie grasses and flowers will help control spreading.

Habitat: Forest edges, meadows and fields, old fields, roadsides
Of note: Asclepias plants contain cardiac glycosides (organic compounds) which are absorbed by the monarch caterpillars – whose sole source of food is milkweed foliage – making them and the adult butterflies toxic to birds and other predators.

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