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Asclepias speciosa


Asclepias speciosa is the western North American sister species to the eastern common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca).

Asclepias speciosa is a western North American species with upright stems with oblong leaves topped with dense three inch globes of fragrant, pink, star-shaped flowers which attract butterflies. It is an important food source for Monarch and other butterflies. Showy milkweed spreads by underground rhizomes. Grow in a pot or sink a pot of it in the ground or allow it to spread in naturalized settings. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant.

Common Name: Showy Milkweed

Family: Asclepiadaceae (The Milkweed Family)

Zone Hardiness: 3-9

Light: Full Sun

Height: 2-4'

Width: 12-24"

Primary Bloom Colour: White/Cream

Secondary Bloom Colour:

Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Summer

Soil Moisture: Moist, Average, Dry

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: Yes

Berries: Yes

Berries: White

Benefits: Butterflies

Deer Resistant: Yes

BC Native: Yes

Native Habitat: Edges of ponds and moist soils, wet meadows, shallow waters. Banks and flood plains of lakes, ponds, and marshes. Ditch edges, dikes, swamps, wet prairies, and poorly drained spots.


Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America

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