Asclepias speciosa (Showy Milkweed) Seed Packet WW


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An elegant, stunning wildflower with upright stems adorned with substantial, silvery, velvet-soft leaves. Large, roundish flower clusters sport pastel pink and white, star-like flowers that are remarkably fragrant. It is a nectar source for butterflies and a critical host plant for our native western Monarch butterfly caterpillar. Plants spread by rhizomes and eventually form large, multi-stemmed clumps. Deer resistant. Deciduous.

  • Family: Asclepiadaceae
  • Per/Ann: Perennial
  • Sun/Shade: Sun
  • Zones: 4a to 9b
  • Bloom time: early to mid-summer
  • Height: up to 3 to 4 ft
  • Habitat: Open, dry to moist sites. Appreciates good drainage
  • Stratification: short - if any. Germinates easily with average spring temperatures.

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