Niche Gardens - North Carolina (NC) Native Pants

Asclepias syriaca

 


Full Sun
Partial Shade
Native
Cut Flowers
Dried Flowers
Attracts Butterflies

Asclepias syriaca (Apocynaceae)
(as-KLEP-ee-as seer-ee-AK-a)
Common Milkweed

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
Height: 3-4'
Spread: 5'
Zones: 3-8

Container size: Qt.
Price: $12
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