PLANT BASE

Asclepias syriaca

Common milkweed

Height
Spread
Growth
habit
3-9
2-3'
0.75-1'
Form                           Lifecycle              Hardiness zone*
Upright, Clumping
Flower
Perennial

APPEARANCE
Bloom time
Bloom color
July-August
Violet/ pinkish
Fall/Winter attractive seed pods
USE FOR
Seasonal interest
ENVIRONMENT
Terminal clusters
Light
Water
Soil
Soil pH
Clay, Loam, Sand
Adaptable
Soil Preference
Moist, well-drained soils
HABITAT & NATIVE RANGE
Meadows, fields, and open woods
New England to Georgia to Tennessee, Kansas, and Iowa
ENVIRONMENTAL TOLERANCE
Erosion, Shallow-rocky soil, Drought
BROWSE TOLERANCE
Erosion, Shallow-rocky soil, Drought
Tolerance to browse by animals typically happens once plants are established. Young plants may still be quite susceptible.
SUGGESTED MAINTENANCE & COMMON PROBLEMS
Divide every 2-3 years, don't add thick mulch as will cause rot
COMPANION PLANTS
Little bluestem,Purple cone flower,Purple lovegrass,Black eyed susan
COMPANION TREES & SHRUBS
NOTES
To attract monarchs, plant milkweed around garden perimeter. In a field, make sure milkweed is accessible from top to bottom.

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