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
Primary Bloom Colour: White/Cream
Secondary Bloom Colour:
Bloom Time: Summer
Soil Moisture: Moist, Average, Dry
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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