Common Milkweed - Asclepias syriaca - Native Butterfly Host Plant
Also known as: Butterfly Flower, Silkweed
Zone: Zones 3-9
Plant Type: Perennial
Height: 3-6 feet, has been known to achieve 8 ft. in some areas
Plant Spacing: 24-36 in.
Light Requirements: Full sun
Water Requirements: Medium
Soil Requirements: Average, can grow in sandy soil
Host Plant For: Monarch, Queen, and Soldier butterflies
Starter Plants are not large enough to feed larvae.
Two 4" potted plants will feed 1 larvae.
Common Milkweed grows abundantly throughout most of the United States and Canada. Found in ditches, fields, and along roads, it is a major food source for the Monarch butterfly. A fast grower, Common Milkweed can grow into an 8 ft. bush in one season of growth. The lavender flowers are a nectar source for butterflies, bees, and other insects. As with most milkweed varieties, it will produce a white milky sap when damaged.
Common Milkweed is a host plant for Monarch, Queen, and Soldier butterflies. Look for small light yellow eggs and striped caterpillars on leaves, flowers and stems. Planting Common Milkweed in gardens, ditches, and fields will help preserve the natural Monarch habitat and life cycle as they travel through your yard during their yearly migration.
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