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Common Milkweed

Asclepias syriaca

Fragrant and nectar abundant pink flowers along with the leaves are an important food source for many butterflies and insects. Flowers in midsummer followed by green pods which dry, opening up with fluffy seed heads. Spreads by seeds and underground rhizomes, developing into a large colony of plants.  

40 seeds

Common Milkweed


Perennial,  zone 3-9

Germination: 14-30 days

Seed Planting Depth:On surface, press in and cover lightly

Starting Indoors/Outdoors:  Start indoors 8-10 weeks before last frost.Cold treat seed by sowing into moist soil or paper towel, wrap in a clear plastic bag and place in refrigerator for 2-3 weeks; then provide 65-75 degree soil temperatures until germination. Sow outdoors in early spring or early fall, spacing 5-10 seeds every 12". 

Height and Width: 3-4' x 12-24"

Spacing: 12-24"

Light Needs:  Full sun 

Soil Needs:  Average to sandy, well drained

Approximate days to flower from seed:  Blooms in the second year, mid to late summer

Uses: Wildflower and cottage gardens, cut flower, deer resistant, attracts butterflies and beneficials

Caution:Young shoots,roots and seeds pods are harmful if ingested raw