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Plant Details

Asclepias syriaca

Common Milkweed

Scientific Name:

Asclepias syriaca

Common Name:

Common Milkweed

Plant Family

Apocynaceae (Dogbane Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Herb/Wildflower

Size in Feet:

2

Light:

Sun

Soil Moisture:

Sub-mesic(*)

Bloom Time:

June - Aug

Bloom Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

“Pastures, roadsides, disturbed areas.” Weakley 205

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

Notes:

"The Common Milkweed is the plant that most people associate with the word 'milkweed.' This is a tall and conspicuous species that sometimes forms large clones. The umbels bear large balls of pink to purplish flowers that have an attractive odor." Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

It is suitable for large areas, such as meadows and for large butterfly gardens. It spread vigorously and is hard to get rid of.

Bloom

Black Mountain

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M Baumeister

Bloom Closeup

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M Baumeister

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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