Showy Milkweed

Asclepias speciosa

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  • Showy Milkweed | Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) Photo: Matt Lavin
  • Showy Milkweed | Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) Photo: Matt Lavin
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Basic Information

Order

Gentianales

Family

Apocynaceae

Size

1.5-3 ft

Leaf Color

Green

Leaf Complexity

Simple

Leaf Shape

Ovate

Blooming Season

Spring - Early Fall

Bloom Color

Pink

Attracts

Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Bees

Danger

Warning! Showy Milkweed is one of the least toxic of the milkweeds! However, absolute certainty of identification is a must! As some other Milkweed species are highly poisonous and fatal if consumed. To be clear! We don't recommend attempting to consume this plant!

Showy Milkweed Habitat

Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) thrives in the prairies of mid-west to the mountain meadows of Yellowstone down through the canyon country of the southwest. It needs a fair amount of water, full sun and relatively moist soil.

Showy Milkweed Facts

Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) is a sturdy, minimally branched perennial. It generally grows up to 3 ft. with large blue-green leaves. Its name "Milkweed" derives from its sap, which is milky. Native American tribes used Asclepias speciosa in many ways, including medicinal and as a food source. Also, Showy Milkweed is a larval host to the Monarch Butterfly.

Showy Milkweed Distribution



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