Common Milkweed

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is a perennial plant that offers habitat for the monarch butterfly, which exclusively feeds on the Asclepias genus of plants. Tolerant of partial shade, the plants have a slow and steady growth in their first year and spread via rhizomes as they get established. 

Plant carefully: the Milkweed genus is toxic to many animal and insect species. Plant mindfully if you have an overly curious furry friend!

Plant photos licensed via Wikimedia Creative Commons.

Size: Packet: 70 seeds (0.4 gram)

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is a perennial plant that offers habitat for the monarch butterfly, which exclusively feeds on the Asclepias genus of plants. Tolerant of partial shade, the plants have a slow and steady growth in their first year and spread via rhizomes as they get established. 

Plant carefully: the Milkweed genus is toxic to many animal and insect species. Plant mindfully if you have an overly curious furry friend!

Plant photos licensed via Wikimedia Creative Commons.

Common Name:
Common Milkweed
Scientific Name:
Asclepias syriaca
Description:
An important food source for Monarch Butterflies and hundreds of other beneficial insects.
Plant Lifespan:
Perennial
Cold Hardiness:
Zone 3a (-40 to -35)
Light Requirements:
Full Sun (min. six hours a day)
Seed In:
Early Spring
Seeding Depth:
1/16 in.
Days to Sprout:
7-14
Optimal Soil Temperature (F):
65-70
Plant Spacing:
1-2 ft.
Average Days from Seed to Harvest:
Second year

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