Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) ah-SKLEE-pee-us syriaca

Family Apocynaceae
Highlights Best known as a food source for butterflies, this Midwest native perennial is common in fields and open woods. Many butterflies enjoy the nectar, while monarch butterfly caterpillars eat the leaves. Flowers lead to seed pods which split open releasing silky-tailed seeds which are dispersed by the wind.
Plant Data
I am a... Deciduous Perennial
Mature Size 24 - 36 inches tall. 9 - 12 inches wide.
Sun Exposure Full Sun - Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance - Medium:
Zones 3a - 9b
Tags Attracts Butterflies, Rabbit Resistant, Wet Site Tolerant, Illinois Native, Rain Garden
Bloom Period June to August
Flower Color Pink, Mauve, White
Animals That Use It


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Data Sheets
   In the Landscape Focused on the Plant Leaves Flowers Fruit Fall Leaf Winter Form

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