Asclepias syriaca

Asclepias syriaca

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Asclepias syriaca, commonly called common milkweed, is a rough, weedy perennial which commonly occurs in fields, open woods, waste areas, roadsides and along railroad tracks throughout the State (Steyermark). It typically grows 3-4' (less frequently to 6') tall on stout, upright stems with thick, broad-oblong, reddish-veined, light green leaves (to 8" long). Domed, slightly drooping clusters (umbels) of fragrant, pinkish -purple flowers appear mostly in the upper leaf axils over a long bloom period from late spring well into summer. Stems and leaves exude a milky sap when cut or bruised. Flowers give way to prominent, warty seed pods (2-4" long) which split open when ripe releasing their numerous silky-tailed seeds for dispersal by the wind. Seed pods are valued in dried flower arrangements. Flowers are a nectar source for many butterflies and leaves are a food source for monarch butterfly larvae (caterpillars).

 

Care:

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Drought tolerant. Does well in poor, dryish soils. Easily grown from seed, and will self-seed in the landscape if seed pods are not removed prior to splitting open. Can spread somewhat rapidly by rhizomes. Often forms extensive colonies in the wild.

 

Type: Herbaceous perennial

Family: Apocynaceae

Native Range: Eastern North America

Zone: 3 to 9

Height: 2.00 to 3.00 feet

Spread: 0.75 to 1.00 feet

Bloom Time: June to August

Bloom Description: Pink, mauve, white

Sun: Full sun

Water: Dry to medium

Maintenance: Low

Suggested Use: Naturalize

Flower: Showy, Fragrant

Attracts: Butterflies

Fruit: Showy

Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Erosion, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil

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