Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

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1/2-pint plug

Light: Full sun- partial shade
Soil: Medium wet- Dry
Height: 5 feet
Bloom: June, July

Description: The large flower can vary in color from nearly white to deep pink-purple. The fragrance is very delicate and pleasing and numerous native pollinators will benefit during its long bloom time. Monarch butterflies lay their eggs exclusively on milkweed plants, making them the sole food source for their caterpillars. It spreads readily by seed and underground rhizomes and its taproot can withstand drought. Can be aggressive, not recommended for small spaces.

Attracts: The flowers are very popular with many kinds of insects, especially long-tongued bees, wasps, flies, skippers, and butterflies, which seek nectar. Other insect visitors include short-tongued bees, various milkweed plant bugs, and moths, including Sphinx moths. Among these, the larger butterflies, predatory wasps, and long-tongued bees are more likely to remove pollen from the flowers. Some of the smaller insects can have their legs entrapped by the flowers and die. Common Milkweed doesn't produce fertile seeds without cross-pollination. The caterpillars of Danaus plexippes (Monarch Butterfly) feed on the foliage, as do the caterpillars of a few moths, including Enchaetes egle (Milkweed Tiger Moth), Cycnia inopinatus (Unexpected Cycnia), and Cycnia tenera (Delicate Cycnia). Many of these insects are brightly colored –a warning to potential predators of the toxicity that they acquired from feeding on milkweed. Mammals don't eat this plant because of the bitterness of the leaves and their toxic properties.