Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

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Asclepias syriaca.jpg

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

11.95

Monarch butterflies lay their eggs exclusively on this and all other plants in the Asclepias genus and their caterpillars feed on the leaves.  The sweet smelling, pink flowers that bloom in June and July are also attractive to numerous other pollinators including eastern tiger swallowtails and hummingbird moths.  Once found in abundance along in nearly every farm field, ditch, and disturbed site, Common Milkweed has been in dramatic decline in recent years, due in part to suburban development and the increased use of herbicides.  Growing between 3-5 ft. tall, this milkweed tolerates a range of garden conditions, including dry soils.

Zones: 4-9

Light: sun

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