Common milkweed


Photo credit: Fritzflohrreynolds

 

Common milkweed

(Asclepias syriaca)

 

Height:

    • 2 to 6 feet

Bloom:

    • June to August

Classification: 

    • Native
    • Perennial

Sun:

    • Full sun

Soil moisture: 

    • Dry to medium

Used by: 

    • Butterflies / moths (flowers),
    • Honey bees (flowers),
    • Native bees (flowers),
    • Beetles (flowers),
    • Caterpillars (leaves)

Notes:

    • Favorite host plant of monarch caterpillars
    • Spreads by clonal root shoots, can be aggressive in small gardens
    • Will bloom later in season if cut back or mowed before going to seed

Kentucky Pollinators & Backyard Wildlife articles:

Plant Taller Milkweeds Species for Monarchs

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Monarch Butterflies and Their Migration

Great Spangled Fritillary

7 Tips for Planting for Butterflies

Milkweed

Hummingbird and Bumblebee Moths

Native range in North America:

 

 

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