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Milkweed (Common)

Milkweed (Common)

A special contribution by our grower Fatima! 


This milkweed grows to about 1.5 meters (5 feet) tall, usually occurring in clusters of stout stems. It has rhizomes and quickly forms colonies. Leaves are 15-20 centimeters (6-8 inches) long and 5-9 centimeters (2-3.6 inches) wide. The fragrance is very delicate and pleasing and numerous native pollinators will benefit during its long bloom time. Monarch butterflies lay their eggs exclusively on Milkweed plants, making them the sole food source for their larvae. It spreads readily by seed and underground rhizomes and its taproot can withstand drought. Common Milkweed is one of the easiest and fastest to establish of the Milkweeds and planting more, even in small urban pockets, can provide personal satisfaction while helping to counter increasing threats to our Monarch butterfly population.


  • Perennial

Bloom Color: White/Pink

Bloom Time: Jun, Jul, Aug – Does not bloom in the first year

Light Requirement: Full Sun

Soil Moisture: Moist

Soil Description: Medium to fine sandy, clayey, or rocky calcareous soils. Also found in well-drained loamy soils.

Conditions Comments: Not shade tolerant. Needs lots of sunlight.

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