Attract bees, butterflies, and birds to your backyard with Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). Asclepias syriaca can reach over 4′ tall when mature. Common Milkweed can form impressive clumps that attract all kinds of native pollinators: bees, butterflies, and more. Mulch with compost to provide more foliage for young Monarch caterpillars. An essential Monarch host plant. Monarchs will lay on second year plants whether they come into flower yet or not. Caterpillars will happily eat the leaves. A stately US native wildflower for pollinator and habitat gardens.
Gardeners like you are playing an important role in the grass-roots effort to establish milkweed colonies to fuel the great Monarch migration.
Plant outdoors Fall. Seeds will germinate when conditions are optimal. In good conditions, flowers appear the second year.
• A perennial
• Native to North Central and Eastern US
• full sun and sand to clay
• Moderate Water Requirement
• Sow Fall, 12-24 inches apart
• Zone 3-9
Common Milkweed is native to the following states:
Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin.