Asclepias syriaca - Common Milkweed

Asclepias syriaca - Common Milkweed

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If you want to help do your part to increase the population of the Monarch Butterfly, Common Milkweed is an absolute must for your native plant garden.  When in bloom, this species of milkweed is not only a magnet for butterflies, but the sweet scent and nectar attracts many species of bees. Keep in mind, a little goes a long way. Common Milkweed reseeds itself and spread easily. Don't forget to add native species that bloom later in the growing season, like New England Aster and Stiff Goldenrod to your garden. These plants help fuel the Monarch's migration journey.

All members of the milkweed genus are host plant for Monarch Butterfly larva. Female Monarchs lay eggs on the leaves which hatch out into the familiar Monarch caterpillars.

Signs of caterpillar activity can be seen as munched out areas of the leaves. It is also an important species for other pollinators and bees. It provides perching places for numerous grassland birds.

Common Milkweed has been found historically in fields and meadows and along fence rows and road right of ways. It is adapted to a wide variety of soil types and moisture gradients.  

How To Plant Common Milkweed:

Direct sow seeds into prepared soil in late fall once soil temps are below 50 degrees (usually mid to late November). Can also be planted in winter during natural freeze/thaw cycles and early spring. Plant shallow, no deeper than 1/8 to 1/4 inch deep and lightly rake to work seed in. Plant in full sun (at least 6 hours a day). Can take 3 growing seasons to fully establish.

Seed Info

Seed Envelopes contain approximately 0.02 ounces of seed and cover about 5 to 10 square feet. 

What is Stratification?

Planting Milkweed

Product Details

Flower Color: Pink to Purple

Height: 3 to 5 Feet

Light Requirements: Full Sun

Soil Hydrology: Mesic to Moist Soils

Bloom Time: June to August

Plant Type: Perennial

Stratification: Cold Moist (CM) 30 Days

Attracts: Birds, Bees, Butterflies

Host Plant: Monarch Butterfly

Product Code: ASC04F