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Asclepias syriaca – Common Milkweed

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Asclepias syriaca – Common Milkweed

Asclepias syriaca, or Common Milkweed, is essential for the survival of monarch butterflies, serving as the primary host plant for their larvae.

This robust perennial thrives in full sun and well-drained soils, featuring clusters of fragrant, pinkish-purple flowers that bloom from late spring to midsummer. Not only does it attract monarchs, but it also invites a variety of pollinators with its nectar-rich flowers.

Easy to grow and maintain, Common Milkweed is perfect for wildflower meadows, naturalized areas, and pollinator gardens, enhancing biodiversity and adding vibrant beauty to any outdoor space.


Please note: Most pictures represent mature plants. Unless otherwise specified, all of our plants are sold in 4″ pots to make shipping possible and will mature in time.

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Additional information

Common Name



Apocynaceae (dogbane)


Height Range (ft.)

3.00 to 6.00

Spread (ft.)

Bloom Time

Bloom Description


Full Sun



Suggested Use


-, Clay Soil, Partial Sun, Sandy Soil


4" Pot, Flat

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Product Description

Embrace the beauty and ecological importance of Asclepias syriaca, commonly known as Common Milkweed. This native perennial is not just a garden plant; it’s a vital part of the monarch butterfly’s lifecycle, providing the only food source for their caterpillars. With its striking pinkish-purple blooms, Common Milkweed adds a splash of color to the landscape while playing a critical role in sustaining butterfly populations.

Why Plant Common Milkweed?

  • Monarch Habitat: Essential for the reproduction of monarch butterflies, offering a breeding ground and food source for their larvae.
  • Pollinator Attraction: The sweet-scented flowers are a magnet for bees, hummingbirds, and other beneficial insects, contributing to the health of your local ecosystem.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: The lush foliage and vibrant flower clusters make an attractive addition to any garden setting, particularly in areas dedicated to natural beauty and wildlife.
  • Environmental Impact: Planting Common Milkweed helps restore native habitats and supports biodiversity, crucial in today’s changing climate.

Cultivation Tips

  • Sunlight Needs: Prefers full sun but can tolerate light shade.
  • Soil Requirements: Grows best in well-drained soils but is adaptable to various soil types, including clay and sandy soils.
  • Watering: Once established, it is drought-resistant but benefits from occasional watering during prolonged dry periods.
  • Spacing: Space plants approximately 2-3 feet apart to allow for natural growth and airflow.

Garden Design and Uses

Common Milkweed is ideally suited for wildflower gardens, meadows, and borders where its height (up to 6 feet) and spread can complement other native perennials. It’s also an excellent choice for rewilding projects and conservation landscapes where ecological benefits are prioritized.

Supporting Biodiversity

By incorporating Asclepias syriaca into your landscape, you’re not only adding visual interest but also playing a vital role in supporting local wildlife. Common Milkweed’s ability to attract a variety of pollinators and serve as a host plant for monarch butterflies makes it indispensable for ecological gardening and biodiversity conservation efforts.

Plant Asclepias syriaca in your garden to enjoy the dual benefits of enhancing the beauty of your outdoor space and contributing to the preservation of vital butterfly populations and other wildlife. It’s a natural choice for any gardener looking to make a positive impact on the environment.


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Summer Shipping Concerns

Please expect some delays in shipping during summer months!

Shipping perishable items in the heat of summer can be tricky to say the least. Our goal is to try to get your plants to you in the best shape possible.

This means we may hold off on shipping items during periods of excessively high temperatures to give your new plants the best chance of surviving their journey in good shape.