Common Milkweed is the plant that often comes to mind when we hear the word "milkweed." This milkweed thrives in almost any well-drained soil, and produces a profusion of lavender to pink flowers in midsummer. The extremely fragrant blooms …
|Soil Type||Clay, Loam, Sand|
|Soil Moisture||Dry, Medium|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial|
|Height||2' - 4'|
|Bloom Color||Lavender, Pink|
|Bloom Time||June, July, Aug|
|Hardiness Zones||3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
|Benefits||Birds, Butterflies, Pollinators, Hummingbirds, Host Plant|
|Seeds per Oz||4000|
|Propagation Treatment||Moist Stratification|
|Days to Moist Stratify||10 days|
|Direct Sowing Time||Spring, Early Summer, Fall|
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is the plant that often comes to mind when we hear the word "milkweed." The upright form and large oval leaves have a bold, architectural effect that contrasts so well with prairie grasses and numerous prairie wildflowers. This familiar milkweed thrives in almost any well-drained soil, and produces a profusion of lavender to pink flowers in midsummer. The extremely fragrant blooms attract and benefit many pollinators. This is one of the easiest and fastest to establish of the milkweeds, as it spreads rapidly by rhizomes and grows readily from seed.
Common Milkweed is a host plant for Monarch butterflies. Monarchs lay their eggs only on plants in the Asclepias genus, otherwise known as milkweeds. These plants help support and counter the increasing threats to a declining Monarch butterfly population.