Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) - 100 seeds
Native to the eastern half of North America and Oregon, this perennial wildflower was once found in abundance in nearly every farm field, ditch, and disturbed site. Recently, its numbers have been in dramatic decline, due in part to suburban development and the increased efficiency of herbicides used in conjunction with herbicide-tolerant, genetically modified row crops. Common milkweed spreads readily by seed and underground rhizomes and its taproot can withstand drought. This species is one of the easiest and fastest to establish of the milkweeds.
Attracts monarch butterflies and other pollinators. Deer and rabbit resistant. Planting more milkweeds, even in small urban pockets, can provide personal satisfaction and education while helping to counter increasing threats to monarch butterfly populations.Milkweed plants are the sole larval host plant for monarch butterflies as well as an adult nectar source for various pollinators. If you grow it, they will come!
|U.S. Native Range||All contiguous states except AZ, CA, CO, FL, ID, NM, NV, UT, WA, WY|
|USDA Hardiness Zones||3 to 8 (find your zone)|
|Growth Type||Perennial forb/herb (wildflower)|
|Bloom||Fragrant pink flowers bloom spring to fall|
|Height||1 to 3 feet|
|Spread||2 to 3 feet|
|Light||Full sun to partial shade|
|Soil||Average moisture; well-draining clay or sandy soil|
|Notes||Seeds require cold/moist stratification|
If you are growing this plant in a butterfly garden that includes larval host plants, follow our instructions for a safe and healthy (organic) habitat. DO NOT USE PESTICIDES of any kind on plants that are part of a butterfly garden or you will poison the creatures that feed on the plant.
Remember that MILKWEED CONTAINS TOXINS. The monarch caterpillar intentionally eats milkweed to become distasteful to protect itself from predators, hence the bright warning colors they feature as adults (butterflies). After handling milkweed, WASH HANDS THOROUGHLY and do not get the milky sap into your eyes or mouth. NEVER ingest any part of a milkweed plant.