Common Milkweed - Asclepias syriaca - Native Butterfly Host Plant

Shady Oak Butterfly Farm


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Common Milkweed  

Asclepias syriaca

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.

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