Tall stems with large, light green leaves. The summer flowers are a magnet for insects of all types. Large, round heads of pinkish-purple, fragrant flowers are held at the tips of the stems. The beauty of the flowers and the incredible insect activity they generate are captivating. Large seed pods form in late summer and disperse fluffy seeds that float through the air in fall. Common milkweed can spread quite prolifically from seed and rhizomes. It is a larval host for the monarch butterfly.
Native Environment: Prairie
Height: 2 to 3 feet
Spread: 1.5 to 3 feet
Bloom Time: June to August
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 9
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Medium to fine sandy, clayey, or rocky calcareous soils. Also found in well-drained loamy soils.
Water Use: Low
Wildlife Benefit: Food/Birds, Butterfly/Moth Nectar
Nature Attracting: Butterflies, Birds, Native Bees, Native Bumble Bees
Special Usage: Rain Garden, Rainscaping
Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Erosion, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil
Larval Host: Monarch Butterfly