Asclepias syriaca

Growing Information

Plant Type: Perennial
Sunlight: Full sun, partial shade
Soils: Well-drained sandy soils
Bloom Time: Pink to purple flowers in June, July, August
Size: 3-4 feet in height

Drought tolerant. Fragrant flowers! Plant in area where rhizomes can spread. Seed pods release seeds in late summer and fall.

Garden Companions

Rose Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), Whorled Milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)

Nature Benefits

• Pollinator magnet! Attracts a variety of insects including Milkweed Bugs and Oleander Aphids that don’t hurt the plant.
• Host plant for the caterpillars of the Monarch Butterfly and the Tussock Moth.

Native Habitat

Occurs naturally in fields, meadows, abandoned lots and roadsides.

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