Asclepias syriaca

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Plant Information:

Botanical Name:  Asclepias syriaca

Common Name: Common Milkweed

Family: Asclepiadaceae

Origin: Eastern & Central US and Canada

Type: Native Perennial

Size: 48"h x 90"w

Exposure: Sun

Zones: Zone 4-10

Butterflies: Yes

Hummingbirds: No

Container Size: Gallon

Common Milkweed can be enjoyed for its large beautiful pink bloom clusters and for its role as a food source for Monarch butterfly caterpillars. You just have to know where to plant it. It is not a plant for the average flower bed or garden because of its aggressive nature. What works great for competing with grasses and a matrix of other species out on the prairie, is a bit overpowering for most tame garden settings. I?ve had it travel via its underground rhizomes more than 20 feet in a few years even with poor soil and no supplemental watering. That being said, many gardeners have an out-of-the-way rough area maybe on the edge of their property or other wild area where it can romp freely. A great plant for ecological significance, just be careful where you unleash it.