Showy Milkweed (Asclepias Speciosa) - Native Butterfly Host and Nectar Plant

Shady Oak Butterfly Farm


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Showy Milkweed

Asclepias Speciosa

Plant Type: Perennial

Zones: 3-9

Plant Height: 2-4 ft.

Light Requirements: Full sun

Water/Soil Requirements: Grows best in well-drained soil

Propagation: Seeds

Host Plant: Monarch (Danaus plexippus), Queen (Danaus gilippus), and Soldier (Danaus eresimus) Butterfly

Nectar Plant: Butterflies and other pollinators are attracted to light pink blooms. Remove spent flowers regularly to encourage repeat blooming.

Starter Plants are not large enough to feed larvae. One 4" potted plant will feed 1 larvae.

Plant Showy Milkweed in your yard to watch butterflies visit and nectar from this attractive native plant!


A few of the butterflies and moths we raise at Shady Oak Butterfly Farm