Asclepias speciosa — Showy Milkweed — 40 Seeds
Common Names: Showy Milkweed, Showy Butterfly Weed, Creek Milkweed
Botanical Name: Asclepias speciosa
Plant Family: Apocynaceae
Native Range: Western North America
Life Cycle: Perennial forb
Hardiness Zone: USDA 3a-9b
Habit: Plants grow 3 feet tall x 2-3 feet wide. It will die back in the winter.
Sun/Soil: Full sun in average to poor soil
Germination/Sowing: Needs cold stratification in order to germinate. (Additional instructions will be included with seeds.)
Growing/Care: Since Showy Milkweed becomes rhizomatous as it matures it can become aggressive so it is not suitable for small landscape plantings. In a city garden, a more natural planting area replicating a small meadow is ideal.
Harvesting: Seeds are harvested in the fall after pods begins to dry. Some Native Americans used fibers from the plant for weaving, nets, and rope.
Culinary Uses: None. Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested.
Medicinal Uses: None. Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested.
Themes/Designs: Native Western landscape, Pollinator, Ecological, Low waterPollinator Notes: Asclepias blooms are important nectar sources for pollinators such as: hummingbirds, butterflies, honey bees, and native bees. All milkweeds are important and wonderful plants that add an important diversity to plantings. Showy Milkweed is a food for the larval stages of Monarch butterflies and it offers them important habitat.