Niche Gardens - North Carolina (NC) Native Pants

Asclepias speciosa


Full Sun
Drought Tolerant
Cut Flowers
Dried Flowers
Attracts Birds
Attracts Butterflies

Asclepias speciosa (Apocynaceae)
(as-KLEP-ee-as spee-see-OH-sa)
Showy Milkweed

A bold western species with hefty and slightly ruffled gray-green leaves. Extra-large pink-and-pale-purple flowers give the round bloom clusters a uniquely spiky appearance. Long bloom period occurs from late spring into summer, followed by horn-like pods that are wonderful in dried arrangements. A stocky plant from 2-4', but can get taller in ideal conditions. Plants prefer full sun and are adaptable to dry and rocky conditions. Resembles Common Milkweed, but is a bit more manageable in the garden.

Bloom color:
Bloom period: mid-summer
Height: 2-5'
Spread: 2-3'
Zones: 3-9

Container size: Qt.
Price: $12
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