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Showy Milkweed

SKU: AM017294
per Plant - 3" Pot
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Showy Milkweed (Asclepias) lives up to its name, producing an explosion of star-shaped flowers in rounded three-inch clusters from late spring into summer. Each bicolor bloom stands like a crown with pale, tapering horns surrounded by darker pink to purple sepals. An important nectar resource for adult monarchs, other butterflies, hummingbirds, native bees, and honey bees. (Asclepias speciosa)
key features
Botanical Name
Asclepias speciosa
Native, Bee Friendly, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Birds, Deer Resistant
Growing Zones
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Soil Moisture
Dry, Average, Moist / Wet
Mature Height
12-36" tall
Mature Spread
12-24" wide
Bloom Time
Early summer to fall


12-36" tall x 12-24" wide. Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) is native to drier regions of the west and serves as a major food source for monarch caterpillars in the western United States. Sturdy stems hold fragrant flower heads upright and soft gray-green foliage adds bold texture to the borders and butterfly gardens. Prominent seed pods make a striking addition to dried flower arrangements. Showy Milkweed is an ideal selection for naturalizing in meadows and along slopes. These low-maintenance plants perform well on dry sites are drought tolerant once established. Showy Milkweed produces a deep taproot making plants difficult to transplant. Plants can spread by rhizome but are much less aggressive than common milkweed. Allow plants to self-seed in the landscape if desired or remove seed pods before they split open. Deer-resistant.