Asclepias syriaca - Common Milkweed
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is a tall noticeable species, and is one of the easiest and fastest to establish of the milkweeds, as it spreads rapidly by rhizomes and seed. The large, round lavender flower heads are formed at the tips of the stems and are a magnet for insects of all types. The large seed pods form in late summer and disperse fluffy seeds through the wind in the fall. The seed fluff has been used as fibers by Native Americans, in flotation devices during WWII, and in pillows/comforters today.
Soil Moisture: Dry, Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Height: 3' - 5'
Spread: 2' - 3'
Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8
Bloom Color: Lavender
Bloom Time: June, July, August
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies, Pollinators, Hummingbirds
Milkweed plants are mostly native to the United States and Canada with milky sap, fragrant flowers with five united petals, long narrow seed pods, and usually tufted seeds that travel on the wind. Many milkweed butterflies, including Monarch Butterflies, rely solely on milkweed plants to host their larvae. Milkweed gets its name from the acrid milky sap that exudes when the plant is damaged, and probably makes the milkweed butterflies distasteful to predators throughout all their life stages.
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