A native Milkweed, also known as 'Common Milkweed', is so easy to grow and can be found almost anywhere: open woods, fields, roadsides and gardens! It is drought tolerant and can be grown in less than perfect soils.
They produce a lovely large flower that varies in color from almost white to deep pink purple. The overall color is considered to be mauve, and the blooms are long lasting and have a lovely, delicate scent.
Asclepias syriaca Native Range: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV
Common Milkweed Plants
Milkweed provides the perfect food source for Monarch Butterflies, in fact, these plants are the sole food source for Monarchs; they lay their eggs on the plants, and the plant itself becomes the food source for the caterpillars.
Although these milkweed plants are easy to grow, and considered 'common', they are facing real threats that have reduced their numbers dramatically. Development and increased use of herbicides are the biggest challenges these important natives face, so we encourage customers to plant and encourage others to do so as well.
Characteristics: Monarch butterflies lay their eggs and use this plant as a food source for their larvae.
Light: Plant in full sun to partial shade.
Water: Water when soil seems dry to the touch.
Soil: Well drained soil
Use:This is an easy to grow North American native - remember that for some individuals, milkweed sage can cause irritation when it comes in contact with the skin, so make sure to avoid touching your eyes, and wash hands well after handling the plant.
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Please Note: Milkweed does contain toxins that can beharmful to pets