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Asclepias syriaca
Common Name: Common Milkweed Family: Asclepiadaceae (The Milkweed Family)

Asclepias syriaca is an eastern North American classic best known as a food source for larval monarch butterflies. It is a stoloniferous (spreading) perennial with thick, leather leaves and intriguing clusters of fragrant pink flowers in summer. Interesting seed pods open to reveal silky white seeds. Deer resistant.

Geogrpahical Origin:
Americas - North America

Native Habitat:
Fields, open woods, roadsides, railroads, waste ground.

ClassDeciduous Primary Bloom ColourPink
TypePerennial Secondary Bloom Colour
Height2-4' Bloom TimeSummer
Spread12-24" FragranceYes
Light ExposureSun Part Sun Foliage ColourGreen
Soil MoistureAverage Dry Drought Tolerant Stem Colour
Hardiness4-9 BerriesYes
BC NativeNo

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