Showy Milkweed

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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)
Zones 3 - 9
Advantages
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Bee Friendly
Deer Resistant
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size12-36" tall , 12-24" wide
Bloom TimeEarly summer to fall
SizePlant - 3" Pot
SKUAM017294

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
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.
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SKUAM017294
Item Package Size
Plant - 3" Pot
Common Name
Showy Milkweed
Botanical Name
Asclepias speciosa
Zones
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Pink
Flower Size
3" Flowers
Mature Height
12-36" tall
Estimated Mature Spread
12-24" wide
Growth Rate
Fast
Bloom Time
Early summer to fall
Planting Depth
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As
Potted Plant
Foliage
Velvety leaves.
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture
Dry, Average, Moist / Wet, Well Draining
Advantages
Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Native
Ideal Region
West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
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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