A genuine star whose unusually dense clusters of pale pink flowers open from dark pink buds. The vanilla-scented flowers last well in water and attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Plants are deer resistant and heat tolerant, too.
Of the 200 species in the genus Asclepias, the best known are North American wildflowers. They have small, curiously shaped blooms that appear in dense clusters and are irresistible to butterflies.
For more information on the growing and care of Asclepias, click Growing Guide.
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Cameron from Chapel Hill, NC
Milkweed is the ONLY host plant for Monarch Butterfly caterpillars. I grow this en masse in my garden. Yes, the caterpillars eat the leaves because this is the food for them. Then, the cats crawl to another plant for the metamorphosis into a Monarch Butterfly.
Annual companions - Use tall zinnias (a butterfly nectar plant) to help hide the foliage if you like. Purple fountain grass was a favorite place for the chrysalis and I grow that nearby. Marigolds are another good nectar plant.
Perennial companions - purple coneflowers (echinacea), bee balm (monarda), pink muhly grass.
My garden is a certified Monarch Waystation, so I add more milkweed each year.
Grow Native! from Chatham, MA
This is the best of the asclepias in my garden with respect to the variety of pollinators that visit it. Asclepias incarnata is the first of the milkweeds to flower in my garden and it's about 5ft tall, lovely flowers the color of mauve. Give it space. By the second year I had monarch caterpillars - remember, without caterpillars you can't have butterflies! I'd highly recommend, especially if you are interested in providing wildlife habitat.
Cook-E from Philadelphia
Worth the wait - it took the second year for the flowers to show, and WOW! Beautiful, bountiful clusters of pink flowers - the butterflies went crazy. Best to leave the flowers in the garden, as they wilted in a vase. Interesting seed pods after the flowers are gone - I snipped these off to prevent spread. Didn't see any monarchs, but I didn't see monarchs anywhere else, either. The foliage is about 3 feet tall, interesting, and lasts well into the fall in this Zone 6 mixed border. Deer had no interest at all.
Erika from Arkansas
We only had two small blooms our second year (perhaps because the aphids were so aggressive), but we really bought the plants to lure Monarchs to our property. After our first full year, we counted 22 Monarch caterpillars in August (and managed to discover 3 newly emerged butterflies in September before they flew away). This year, we only saw one caterpillar in August, but I have no doubt there were more--we saw at least two female butterflies laying eggs. We just didn't monitor the plants as closely. Fyi--aphids, unfortunately, love this milkweed. Wishing WWF would carry these plants again so we can buy more!
Latin Name Pronunciation: uh-sklee'pee-us
This genus, commonly known as Milkweed, consists of many North American native species, and is most notable for attracting butterflies. Their flowers are excellent nectar sources, and the plants are important hosts for the larval stage of the Monarch butterfly. Use Asclepias in pollinator gardens, sunny borders, and meadows.
Asclepias grows best planted in full sun and well-drained soil (sandy soil is ideal). Since some perennial Milkweed varieties are among the last to emerge from dormancy in spring, mark their location so you don't plant something on top of them.