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Asclepias syriaca

Common Milkweed

Description:

Plant commonly referred to as milkweed. Flowers are white and purple, and are also clustered in umbels and bloom in early summer. Fruits appear mid to late summer. Hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies are attracted. The plant is the larval host for monarch butterflies. The plant contains cardiac glycosides which makes them and organisms that eat them poisonous. They grow well in dry, slightly acidic to neutral, clayey or sandy soils in uplands.

Plant Overview:

Plant Family:Asclepiadaceae
Plant Type:Herbaceous
Plant Duration:Perennial
Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife:Bees, Hummingbirds, Butterflies
Bloom Time:Mid-June to late July
Fruit Timing:July to September
Global and State Rank:G5, S5
Commercially available landscape plant?No
Soil Characteristics:
Soil Type:Clay, Sandy
Soil Moisture:Dry
Soil pH:Slightly Acidic, Neutral
Light Needs:
Opitmal Light:Sun
Light Range:Sun
Water Needs of Plant:
Soil Moisture:Dry

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