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Important Monarch Host Common Milkweed

  • Fragrant Pink or White Blooms
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Easy to Grow

While the name may have you believe differently, there is nothing common about the Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). Used to make fibrous cord, food, and even medicine through the years, this specimen is a truly versatile plant. Nowadays, it's mostly known for being the ideal pit-stop for Monarch butterflies.

Common Milkweed is a perennial that grows as a single strong stalk with long thick leaves sprouting from the sides. Each summer, the plant will erupt with rounded clusters of pink or white florets.

Have you ever wondered why milkweed is such a Monarch butterfly staple? They lay their eggs on the underside of these plants because milkweed has a chemical that, when ingested by the caterpillar, makes them distasteful to most predators.

Of course, the real show starts once the caterpillars turn into butterflies. Adding Common Milkweed to your naturalized or pollinator garden ensures an unbelievable winged show year after year. It is also one of the best ways you can help the Monarch butterfly migration pattern as recently, paths have been changing due to a lack of habitat.

Common Milkweed is native to North America and can grow in a wide array of conditions. It grows best in well-drained soil somewhere it can bask in the sun for hours. This milkweed type isn't picky about the composition of the soil at all, in fact, it prefers soil other plants detest as there is less competition for sunlight.

If the host of butterflies this flower will bring isn't enough to convince you to plant a few, then maybe the sweet fragrance it emits will be. Each bloom sends out a subtle plume of perfume that is just enough to notice and enjoy without being overbearing.

Adding a Common Milkweed to your garden can help cover any eyesores, send a sweet fragrance throughout the yard, and provide very needed habitat for Monarch butterflies. Order one or many more for your pollinator garden today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

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Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Common Milkweed Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Botanical Name Ascelpias syriaca
Mature Height 2 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 12 - 15 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Well-drained
Moisture Medium to Dry
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Pink, White
Foliage Perennial
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes