Ella's Garden Plants from A to Z: Asclepias syriaca, Common Milkweed

Common Name: Common Milkweed

Family: Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)

Genus: Asclepias

Species: syriaca

Characteristics of Plant
A favorite nectar source for butterflies & host plants for caterpillars including Monarch butterfly larva. Blooms August to September.

Germination Tips: Easily propagated by direct sowing seeds. If planting in flats or in a greenhouse, seeds should be cold-treated for three months.

Life Cycle

Zone Hardiness up to
Zone 3
Zone 4
Zone 5
Zone 6
Zone 7
Zone 8

When to Sow Seed
Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall

Sun Exposure
Full Sun
Part Sun/ Part Shade

Plant Height
2 - 4 feet


Flower Color
Lt. Pink
Dark Pink
Lt. Purple

Attractive to Wildlife

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