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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Price Level: 
Perennial- Standard
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 32 (plugs)
Flat of 18 (pints)
1 Gallon


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period

Late Spring

Urban environment

Durable Near High Traffic Areas, Uncompacted Urban Soils, Harsh Exposure Tolerant, Compacted/New Construction Soils, Road-side/Salt Tolerant


Prairie Grasslands, Savannas

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
4 Feet
Mature width
1 Feet
Max height
5 Feet
Max width
4 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Drought Resistant Pollinator hot spot

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