Description

**Pre-orders are for local pickup only. We do not ship plants. Please double check your location and ensure you are able to pick up your plants in the spring (available for pickup starting May 11th). Specify pickup date in 'notes' when completing your order.

**This plant is native to Northern Michigan

Growing Requirements:

  • Flourishes in well-drained soil
  • Prefers full sun
  • Tolerant of various soil types, including loamy and sandy soils
  • Drought tolerant once established
  • Hardy in USDA zones 3-9

Features:

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is a vital native perennial known for its fragrant flowers, distinctive seed pods, and crucial role in supporting monarch butterflies. Its resilience, attractive foliage, and low maintenance make it an essential addition to pollinator gardens, meadows, and naturalized areas. This native plant not only adds beauty to the landscape but also serves as a valuable host plant for monarch butterfly larvae.

Mature Size and Form:

In optimal conditions, Common Milkweed can reach a height of 3 to 6 feet with a spread of 2 to 3 feet. Its sturdy stems are adorned with broad, lance-shaped leaves and topped with clusters of fragrant pink to purplish flowers, followed by distinctive seed pods filled with silky seeds, creating a striking visual display in gardens and meadows.

Benefits to the Local Ecosystem:

Common Milkweed offers several ecological benefits, enriching the local ecosystem and supporting biodiversity:

  • Monarch Butterfly Habitat: Common Milkweed serves as a critical host plant for monarch butterfly larvae, providing essential food and habitat for the monarch butterfly life cycle. By planting Common Milkweed, gardeners can support monarch butterfly populations and contribute to their conservation.
  • Pollinator Attraction: The fragrant flowers of Common Milkweed attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, enhancing pollination and promoting biodiversity in gardens and meadows.
  • Wildlife Support: Common Milkweed provides food and habitat for a variety of wildlife species, including birds, insects, and small mammals, contributing to habitat diversity and ecological balance in naturalized areas.
  • Erosion Control: The extensive root system of Common Milkweed helps stabilize soil and prevent erosion in gardens and meadows, making it an excellent choice for erosion-prone areas.
  • Visual Appeal: With its fragrant flowers, distinctive seed pods, and attractive foliage, Common Milkweed adds beauty and interest to gardens, meadows, and naturalized areas, creating a vibrant and dynamic outdoor space.
  • Low Maintenance: Once established, Common Milkweed is relatively low-maintenance, requiring minimal watering and care. It's an excellent choice for gardeners seeking a resilient and beautiful plant that supports pollinators and wildlife.