Plant these for the Monarch Butterfly!
Soil: Mesic(Medium) to Xeric(Dry)
Sun: Full to Part
Flowers: Each flower has 5 recurved petals around a central crown. They bloom in 1-2″ clusters.
Leaves: The leaves appear in a whorl of 3-6 at each node. They are linear or almost needle-like.
Another of the milkweeds that is a food source for the larval stage of the Monarch butterfly. This plant is an Upland plant that grows well on sandy and gravelly soils. It can be aggressive in highly fertile soils with good soil texture! A great restoration plant, as well as a wonderful plant for attracting butterflies in the butterfly garden! Monarch Butterflies are in serious decline! Please plant Milkweeds!
Other Uses: They are poisonous to sheep.
More Info: Only a few flowers become pollinated and form a seed pod.
Name: The name Asclepias is from the name of the Greek god of medicine, Asklepios.