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Milkweed - Asclepias

Milkweed, Asclepias, is a versatile and fascinating perennial plant that belongs to the Asclepiadaceae family. Renowned for its unique structure and ecological significance, milkweed is commonly found in North America, but various species thrive in different regions worldwide.

Milkweed plants feature tall, slender stems adorned with broad, elliptical leaves arranged oppositely along the stem. The leaves often contain a milky, latex-like sap, which gives the plant its common name. Milkweed blooms in clusters of intricate, star-shaped flowers ranging from pale pink to deep fushia pink. These flowers add aesthetic appeal to gardens and play a vital role in supporting pollinators.

How to Grow Milkweed:

Growing milkweed is relatively straightforward, making it an excellent choice for gardeners and conservation enthusiasts. Here are general guidelines for cultivating milkweed:

  1. Selecting a Location: Choose a sunny area with well-drained soil for optimal growth. Milkweed prefers full sunlight and can tolerate various soil types.
  2. Transplanting Seedlings: When starting with seedlings (bare root), transplant them into the garden with a spacing of at least 18-24 inches apart. Water the plants regularly, particularly during dry spells.
  3. Maintenance: Milkweed is relatively low-maintenance. Keep the soil moist but careful not to overwater, as milkweed tolerates dry conditions once established. Mulching can help retain soil moisture.
  4. Pruning: Prune back dead or damaged growth to encourage a bushier, healthier plant. However, avoid cutting the plant back entirely, as milkweed is a valuable resource for various pollinators.

Pollinators Attracted by Milkweed:

Milkweed is renowned for its role as a host plant for monarch butterflies. Monarch caterpillars feed solely on milkweed leaves, and the plant provides essential nutrients for their growth. Additionally, milkweed's nectar-rich flowers attract a diverse array of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects. This makes milkweed a valuable addition to any garden seeking to support biodiversity and promote a healthy ecosystem. The plant's contribution to sustaining pollinator populations underscores its importance in conservation efforts to preserve the delicate balance of our natural world.

  • USDA Zones 4-9
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  • Color: Pink
  • Season: Summer, Fall
  • Height: 3-5 Feet
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Ships As: Bare Root
  • Warranty: 1 Year
Customer Reviews
5.0 Based on 2 reviews
  • 5

    Apr 04, 2024 Reviewer: Tim P. White

    nice and healthy. fast shipping

  • 5

    May 03, 2023 Reviewer: Cherith Haupert

    The plants arrived healthy and very quickly