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Asclepias speciosa
Common Name: Showy Milkweed Family: Asclepiadaceae (The Milkweed Family)

Asclepias speciosa is a western North American species with upright stems with oblong leaves topped with dense three inch globes of fragrant, pink, star-shaped flowers which attract butterflies. It is an important food source for Monarch and other butterflies. Showy milkweed spreads by underground rhizomes. Grow in a pot or sink a pot of it in the ground or allow it to spread in naturalized settings. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant.

Geogrpahical Origin:
Americas - North America

Native Habitat:
Edges of ponds and moist soils, wet meadows, shallow waters. Banks and flood plains of lakes, ponds, and marshes. Ditch edges, dikes, swamps, wet prairies, and poorly drained spots.

ClassDeciduous Primary Bloom ColourWhite/Cream
TypePerennial Secondary Bloom Colour
Height2-4' Bloom TimeSummer
Spread12-24" FragranceYes
Light ExposureLoves Sun Full - Part Sun Sun Foliage ColourGreen
Soil MoistureMoist Stem Colour
Hardiness3-9 BerriesYes
BC NativeYes

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