Prairie Milkweed

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Prairie Milkweed (Asclepias) is a hummingbird favorite and ideal pollinator plant, attracting a wide variety of bees and butterflies to the garden. Easy to grow and endlessly rewarding, prairie milkweed blooms throughout the summer, producing clusters of fragrant, pink flowers. Flowers give way to smooth seed pods that are prized for dried flower arrangements. (Asclepias sullivanti)
Zones 3 - 7
Advantages
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Bee Friendly
Deer Resistant
Native
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size36-48" tall , 12-24" wide
Bloom TimeEarly to late summer
SizePlant - 3" Pot
SKUAM017295

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 x 12-24" wide. Prairie Milkweed (Asclepias sullivanti) is a native perennial with big personality, making a striking addition to butterfly gardens and is perfect for naturalizing in meadows. Large, smooth leaves stand upright and boast a prominent pink midrib, accenting the gorgeous pink blooms. Once common in tallgrass prairies, the bold foliage looks striking against thin blades of ornamental grasses. Prairie Milkweed is a host plant for monarch caterpillars and an excellent nectar source for adult monarchs. Plants resist deer browsing and tolerate a wide range of soil conditions. Give them plenty of sunshine in a well-selected planting location. Prairie Milkweed produces a deep taproot over time, helping the plant tolerate periods of drought, but making plants difficult to move. Plants can spread by rhizome, but are much less aggressive than common milkweed. Collect seed pods to prevent self-sowing.
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SKUAM017295
Item Package Size
Plant - 3" Pot
Common Name
Prairie Milkweed
Botanical Name
Asclepias sullivanti
Zones
3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Pink
Flower Size
3" Flowers
Mature Height
36-48" tall
Estimated Mature Spread
12-24" wide
Growth Rate
Medium
Bloom Time
Early to late summer
Planting Depth
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As
Potted Plant
Foliage
Smooth leaves with reddish midveins.
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet
Advantages
Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Native, Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Ideal Region
Northeast, Midwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer
Neonicotinoid Free
Native To
Yes
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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