How to Grow Asclepias syriaca Plants in your Garden
Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Common Silkweed
Asclepias syriaca photograph by peganum.
Asclepias syriaca Growing and Care Guide
- Scientific Name: Asclepias syriaca
- Common Name: Common milkweed, Butterfly flower, Silkweed, Silky swallow-wort, Virginia silkweed, Common silkweed
- Growing Zone: USA: 3 to 8
- Life Cycle / Plant Type: Perennial
- Plant Height (Inches): 36 to 60
- Plant Spread (Inches): 12 to 36
- Time of Bloom: Summer
- Flower Details: Pink
- Leaf Foliage: Green
- Growth Form: Upright / erect
Ideal Growing Conditions
- Best Light Conditions: Full sunlight
- Rate of Growth: Average pace
- Suitable Soil Types: Acidic, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Well drained
- Soil Moisture: Moist
- Level of Maintenance: Low
- Propagation: Seeds
- How to Prune: Not usually required
- Can Attract: Butterflies
- Tolerant of: Deer, Drought, Erosion, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil
- Best Garden Use:
- Family: Apocynaceae.
- Closely Related Species: Adenium, Allamanda, Amsonia, Asclepias, Nerium, Pachypodium, Wrightia, Vinca.
- Miscellaneous: North American native, Invasive, Naturalizing, Attracts butterflies, Fragrant flowers
- Genus Detail: Asclepias
- Further Reading and References: Here and Ohio State University Weed Guide
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