Asclepias syriaca - Common Milkweed

Sun Exposure: Sun - Part Sun

Soil Moisture: Medium-Wet, Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry

Soil Type: Sand, Loam, Clay

Height: 3-4 feet

Spread: 1 foot

Blooms: June, July, August

Root: Rhizomes

Habitat: Meadows, Prairies, Roadsides, Forest edges

Landscape uses: Pollinator gardens, Natural gardens, Drought tolerant, Deer resistant, Does well with plants that it wont outcompete such as New England Aster, Wild Bergamot, Indian Grass and Woodland Sunflower.

Wildlife Value: The flowers are very popular with many kinds of insects, especially long-tongued bees, wasps, flies, skippers, and butterflies, which seek nectar. Host Plant: Monarch Butterfly, Milkweed Tiger Moth

Seed Origin: Blue Mountains, ON

Germination Code: C(30)

Asclepias syriaca - Common Milkweed

  • Common Milkweed is a common wild plant found in meadows and along roadsides. The flowers are quite fragrant, with a scent resembling violets or pansies, and they range in color from faded light pink to reddish purple. Common Milkweed may not fit in a small gardens as it spreads by rhizomes, and may outcompete other plant species.