Common Milkweed

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Common Milkweed is the most-well known of the milkweeds – and an important food source and host plant for Monarch butterflies. This reliably cold-hardy native plant is as beautiful as it is tough. Clusters of tightly-closed lavender buds open to reveal sweetly-fragrant pink blossoms, attracting a menagerie of local pollinators to the garden. Long-lasting plants produce spectacular interest at every stage of growth. (Asclepias syriaca)
Zones 3 - 9
Advantages
Attract Butterflies
Attract Birds
Bee Friendly
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Native
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size36-48" tall , 24-30" wide
Bloom TimeMid to late summer
SKUAM016111

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information

36-48" tall, 24-30" wide. Asclepias syriaca is very familiar to many eastern gardeners. This perennial is perfect as a filler between your taller perennials and adds a nice touch of fragrance mid-late summer. The foliage is thick and glossy so it adds texture to help your garden look more lush even in the peak of the summer! Native to he US from Canada to Georgia, and west to Texas. Reseeds in fall but is very easy to harvest. Clip off the seed pods before they open to help control growth but be sure to leave the foliage! Common Milkweed is vital for the survival of the Monarch Butterfly which their population has been in a slow decline over the years. Watch as the eggs hatch and larvae grow into the signature yellow striped caterpillars. Planting this perennial is a wonderful way to bring more excitement to your garden while also helping our native pollinators to thrive! ("Butterfly Weed" is a close relative, with bright orange flowers.) 

Native Range for Asclepias syriaca (Common Milkweed) - AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV.

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Associated SKUsAM016111
AM014002 (Plant - 3" Pot)
AM017346 (Tray of 16)
AM018219 (Tray of 32)
Common Name
Common Milkweed
Botanical Name
Asclepias syriaca
Zones
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Pink
Flower Size
2-4" flowers
Mature Height
36-48" tall
Estimated Mature Spread
24-30" wide
Growth Rate
Medium
Bloom Time
Mid to late summer
Planting Depth
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the surface after watering in.
Ships As
Potted Plant
Foliage
Upright, dark green broad, oblong leaves with smooth margins.
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Clay Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet
Advantages
Attract Butterflies, Attract Birds, Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Native, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested.
Item Unit
Tray
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada
No
Planting & Care

How to Plant Milkweed, Step-by-Step:

  1. Choose fast-draining soil.
  2. Plant in full sun.
  3. Do NOT disturb roots, especially tap roots.
  4. Water sparingly.

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