Sullivant's Milkweed

Asclepias sullivantii

Sullivant's Milkweed, also known as Prairie Milkweed, is a long-lived perennial and very similar to Common Milkweed at first glance. However, Sullivant's Milkweed is less aggressive, its completely smooth leaves are more succulent-like, and the …

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Plants 3" Pots
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SKU
31260-03
Cultural Details
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil Moisture Medium
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Height 3' - 4'
Bloom Color Pink
Bloom Time June, July, Aug
Spacing 1'
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7
Root Type Rhizome
Benefits Butterflies, Pollinators, Hummingbirds, Host Plant

Sullivant's Milkweed (Asclepias sullivantii), also known as Prairie Milkweed, is a long-lived perennial and very similar to Common Milkweed at first glance. However, Sullivant's Milkweed is less aggressive, its completely smooth leaves are more succulent-like, and the flowers are typically a uniform pink.

This gorgeous prairie plant is a fine addition to any sunny perennial garden with medium soil, and a superior candidate for the butterfly garden. One of the best milkweeds for attracting butterflies, especially Monarchs, it is visited by hummingbirds and a variety of other pollinators, as well. The structural shape and bold texture help it stand out in a border. It does just as well as a member of a naturalized planting with other prairie species such as Wild Quinine, Meadow Blazingstar and Culver's Root.

At one time the tallgrass prairie was its primary habitat, but very little of the original prairie remains. Sullivant's Milkweed is listed as threatened in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. It fares better in other areas but its future may be linked to the fate of the prairies.