Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

Butterflies love the nectar and Monarchs love the foliage of the Common Milkweed. This is one of the most common Milkweeds and is native to the eastern part of North America. This Milkweed produces soft whitish purple cluster of flowers. This perennial plant can reach up to six feet tall. It loves well drained sandy/loamy soils and full sun to partial shade. It usually blooms from June to August. It works great with several specimens planted together in a butterfly garden. A must-have for all!

Attracts: American LadyBlack SwallowtailGreat Spangled FritillaryMonarchPainted LadyQueenQuestion MarkRed AdmiralRed-spotted PurpleZebra SwallowtailSilver-spotted SkipperSilvery CheckerspotSpicebush SwallowtailVariegated FritillaryViceroyBanded HairstreakDelaware SkipperBaltimore CheckerspotEastern Tailed-BlueFiery SkipperGray Hairstreak Mourning CloakOrange SulphurLittle GlassywingZabulon SkipperSouthern CloudywingHoary EdgeLorquin AdmiralPeck's SkipperRed-banded HairstreakSachemSpring Azure,  and more

Color(s): Pinkish-purple

Sun Exposure: Sun

Soil: Dry, sandy

Average Height: 36 in.

Average Spread: 18 in.

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone: 3 - 9

Note: Deer resistant

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Photo Credits:
Fred Miller

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