How to Grow Asclepias syriaca Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Common Silkweed

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 Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 36 to 60
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 12 to 36
  • Time of Bloom: Summer
  • Flower Details: Pink
  • Leaf Foliage: Green
  • Fruit:
  • 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

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance: Low
  • Propagation: Seeds
  • How to Prune: Not usually required
  • Pests:
  • Diseases:

Further Information

  • 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

I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Asclepias syriaca. You may also enjoy the following Gardener's HQ growing guides: How to grow Catharanthus and Oxypetalum plants.

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