This drought-tolerant milkweed has fragrant pink flowers, broad, oval leaves and is excellent for butterflies and bees.
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Plant these for Monarch butterflies!
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 (late May – early June). 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!
Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry). Very drought tolerant.
Sun: Full Sun
Height: 2-4 feet
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Season: May – September
Suggested Uses: Showy Milkweed is an excellent garden plant with very fragrant flowers. It is similar to Common Milkweed but less aggressive. 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) and a variety of butterflies.
Flowers: Showy, spherical clusters of rose-colored flowers
Leaves: Blue-green color, coarse and hairy.
More information: USDA plant profile