Asclepias syriaca (Apocynaceae)
The beefy leaves of this species provide an absolute feast for Monarch larvae. At home in the sunny meadow garden or spreading through naturalized areas; plant a swath of common milkweed to leave as a wild edge along mowed areas. Tolerating soil conditions from heavy clay to dry sand, plants spread rapidly by rhizomes and bloom in midsummer with fragrant lavender-pink balls composed of many spurred flowers. Pointy seedpods bursting with silky seeds are terrific in dried arrangements.
Bloom color: purple-pink
Bloom period: mid-summer
Container size: Qt.