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Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

Image: North Creek Nurseries


Asclepias syriaca, or the Common Milkweed, is a weedy perennial typically growing up to 3-4' tall on upright stems. Its slightly drooping clusters of fragrant pink flowers bloom in late spring to summer (June-August). The Common Milkweed tolerates clay, deer, dry soil, erosion, and shallow-rocky soil. It is a great addition for a butterfly garden and also supports many other insects that feed on the plant.



Grow in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Common Milkweeds can self seed by seed pods splitting open, and spread rapidly by rhizomes. Like most other milkweeds, avoid getting the toxic sap on your skin and eyes when the plant is cut or bruised.


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