Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa)

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Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa)


This milkweed has broader leaves, larger flowers and a greater stature overall than its relative, A. fascicularis. Prefers full sun to part shade and well drained soil. This species’ abundant nectar makes it fantastic plant for the pollinator garden. It’s also, famously, a larval host plant for monarch butterflies. Note: Like other milkweeds, A. speciosa is toxic if ingested. Will seed around and spread vigorously by rhizome. Sow in fall or refrigerate in moist medium for at least 30 days.

Provenance: Wasco Co., Oregon

Family: Asclepiadaceae

Bloom: All Summer

Height: 18-50’

Zones: 4-9

Difficulty: Easy

$4.00 Packet: .02 oz. or approximately 100-120 seeds

Note: Siskiyou, Co. CA provenance also available. Please note if you’d like that instead.

Image courtesy of Humble Roots Nursery in Mosier, Oregon. These lovely folks offer a wonderful selection of ethically propagated native plants. Check them out!

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