Plant of the Week: Milkweed

Asclepias, more commonly known as Milkweed or Butterfly Weed, is an essential plant for pollinator gardens. This summer blooming perennial begins blooming early to mid-summer. Flowers vary depending on variety and can be various shades of orange, purple, pink, white and even red.  

Milkweed is the only host plant for Monarch caterpillars, making it a must have for pollinator gardens. Monarchs will lay their eggs on Milkweed leaves and from there, caterpillars will hatch and remain on the plant until they form their cocoons.

Milkweed averages 3 to 5 feet tall and is a fantastic choice for mass plantings, garden beds and even containers.

Care

Full Sun, at least 6 hours per day.

Well-draining soil is preferred, but Milkweed is highly adaptable to most soil conditions. Mildly drought tolerant once established.

Milkweed rarely wants fertilization, but should the need arise, select a fertilizer for flowers such as Dr. Earth Total Advantage.

Some of Our Favorites

Asclepias Tuberosa

Tuberosa – The classic Milkweed with bright orange flowers. 1 to 2 feet tall at maturity.

Asclepias Incarnata

Incarnata – Also known as Swamp Milkweed, this variety features dusty pink flowers and averages 2 to 4 feet tall.

Asclepias Ice Ballet

Ice Ballet – A white variety of Swamp Milkweed, it averages 3 to 4 feet tall.