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Common Milkweed

Common milkweed flowers
Photo credit: Fritzflohrreynolds

Common milkweed
(Asclepias syriaca)

Availability:

  • Out for the season

Height:

  • 2 to 6 feet

Bloom:

  • June to August

Classification:

  • Native
  • Perennial

Sun:

  • Full sun

Soil moisture:

  • Dry to medium

Used by:

  • Butterflies / moths (flowers),
  • Hummingbirds (flowers),
  • Honey bees (flowers),
  • Native bees (flowers),
  • Beetles (flowers),
  • Caterpillars (leaves)

Notes:

  • Favorite host plant of monarch caterpillars
  • Spreads by clonal root shoots, can be aggressive in small gardens
  • Will bloom later in season if cut back or mowed before going to seed

Native Range:

USDA range map for common milkweed
Map credit: USDA Plants Database

Relevant Backyard Ecology Resources: