Plant Profile

Plant Profile

Asclepias speciosa
showy milkweed

  • asclepiasspeciosa

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Asclepias speciosa or showy milkweed. Very ornamental with rosy pink flowers in the spring through early summer. Generally have to wait until second year for flowers. Native to California from Santa Clara County on up and east into the midwest. Besides being the food plant for monarch and queen butterfly caterpillars they are excellent nectar flowers for other butterflies, bees, and sometimes hummingbirds too. Full sun to part shade. Native American uses – basketry.

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Plant Facts & Observations

Identification

Botanical Name

Asclepias speciosa

Common Name

showy milkweed

Origin

California Native

Characteristics

Plant Type

Perennial

Growth Rate

Moderate growth rate

Mature Size

3' + tall × 3' + wide

Flower Color

Lavender / Pink / Purple

Blooming Season

Flowers Spring / Summer

Foliage

Deciduous

Wildlife Value

Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds

Climactic Requirements

Light

Full Sun / Part Shade / Full sun on coast / afternoon shade inland

Water

Drought Tolerant / Occasional / Moderate
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