Asclepias syriaca

Common name: Common Milkweed

Native plant

One of the most durable and underrated of the Asclepias genus. The fragrance of the flowers alone makes this one of the must-haves for a garden that can spare a little space, not to mention that it seems to be one of the most visited by our favorite pollinators and other insects. It can handle bad soil conditions of all types as long as it is not too wet. We recommend that you plant only a handful at most because it may "run" on the unsuspecting gardener.  Host for the Monarch caterpillar as well as many other pollinators.


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Pricing information for
Per unit for pint growing method $4
Flats $45

Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic, Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Bloom period

Late Spring


Harsh exposure tolerant, New construction, Road-side/salt tolerant

Growth form

Multi-stemmed, Colonizing

General information

Mature height
4 Feet
Mature width
1 Feet
Max height
5 Feet
Max width
4 Feet
Growth rate
Flower color
Fall color

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Pollinator hot spot

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