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Asclepias syriaca

Common Milkweed

Scientific Name:

Asclepias syriaca

Genus:

Asclepias

Species Epithet:

syriaca

Common Name:

Common Milkweed

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Apocynaceae (Dogbane Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

June, July, August

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

“Pastures, roadsides, disturbed areas.” Weakley 205

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

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

image

M Baumeister

Bloom Closeup

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M Baumeister

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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