Common Milkweed – Asclepias syriaca

Common Milkweed, Asclepias syrica, is a native plant found in most of the United States. It is a primary host plant for Monarch butterflies.

Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca Monarch host plant

Common Milkweed
Asclepias syriaca
Monarch host plant

Common Milkweed Bloom Asclepias syriaca Monarch host plant

Common Milkweed Bloom
Asclepias syriaca
Monarch host plant

Common Milkweed Leaves Asclepias syriaca Monarch host plant

Common Milkweed Leaves
Asclepias syriaca
Monarch host plant

Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca Monarch butterfly caterpillar

Common Milkweed
Asclepias syriaca
Monarch butterfly caterpillar

Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca Spicebush Swallowtail drinking nectar

Common Milkweed
Asclepias syriaca
Spicebush Swallowtail
drinking nectar

Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca Growing in a fencerow

Common Milkweed
Asclepias syriaca
Growing in a fencerow

Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca US native state map

Common Milkweed
Asclepias syriaca
US native state map

Viewed by most people as a weed, this plant is prohibited in many cities. Due to the current concern over declined number of Monarch butterflies, butterfly enthusiasts have succeeded in removing this official ban in some cities.

Common milkweed spreads both through seed and underground runners. One plant will become a family of many connected plants.

Perennial

Full sun

Soil: Sand to clay

Zones 4-8

Bloom color: Deep rose or mauve to nearly white

Height: 6′

Propagation: Seed and tuber/root cuttings

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