Common Milkweed – Asclepias syriaca

Common Milkweed, Asclepias syrica, is a native plant found in most of the United States. It is a primary host plant for Monarch butterflies.

Viewed by most people as a weed, this plant is prohibited in many cities. Due to the current concern over declined number of Monarch butterflies, butterfly enthusiasts have succeeded in removing this official ban in some cities.

Common milkweed spreads both through seed and underground runners. One plant will become a family of many connected plants.


Full sun

Soil: Sand to clay

Zones 4-8

Bloom color: Deep rose or mauve to nearly white

Height: 6′

Propagation: Seed and tuber/root cuttings