Asclepias speciosa

Asclepias speciosa


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Showy Milkweed Category:


Plant these for the Monarch Butterfly!

Please note: These plants are slow to come up in the spring and we will not ship them until they show some signs of new growth. Seedlings (6-packs) may be shipped earlier. Mature plants may still be dormant if shipped with other plants earlier in the spring. They are one of the last wildflowers to “poke their heads” up from the earth!

Key Information:

Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry). Very drought tolerant.
Sun: Full Sun
Height: 2-4 feet
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Season: May – September

More Details:

Suggested Uses: An excellent garden plant. Similar to Common Milkweed but less aggressive. Very fragrant flowers. Tolerates a wide variety of soil types and moisture conditions.

Native Range: Native to the western half of the U.S. Its native range is scattered throughout Minnesota.

Pollinators: Monarchs lay their eggs exclusively on milkweed species (Asclepias). Showy Milkweed is a larval host for the Monarch butterfly and several moths. It is also well loved by bees, including the federally endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis). Well loved and visited by a variety of bees and butterflies.

Flowers: Showy, spherical clusters of rose colored flowers

Leaves: Blue-green color, coarse and hairy.

More information: USDA PLANT database profile

Additional information

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