Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
The classic common milkweed- an adaptable host to monarch butterflies with fragrant flowers for you and your pollinators! Needs two individuals to produce viable seeds.
Light: Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet Mesic, Mesic, Dry Mesic, Dry
Soil Type: Loam, Clay, Sandy
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Jun-Aug
Root Type: Rhizome
Notable Wildlife Interactions: Flowers attract many pollinators including bees, wasps, flies, skippers, moths, and butterflies. Hosts the monarch butterfly, milkweed tiger moth, unexpected cycnia moth, delicate cycnia moth, milkweed tussock moth, and some small insects. Bitter, toxic foliage makes it unpalatable to mammals.
Notes: The young flower buds and young seed pods of common milkweed can be cooked and eaten. After the plant dies back in the winter, the dry stem can be processed for fiber that can be twined to make cordage!