Asclepias speciosa

Beautiful scent, 2-tiered flower with dusky rose petals in summer. Essential host for Monarch butterfly. For information on harvesting and preparing seeds for germination, please visit this Xerces Society webpage.

milkweed flowers

Photo credit: Seven Oaks Native Nursery

milkweed leaf
  • milkweed flowers
  • milkweed leaf

Plant Details

Oak woodland
Upland Prairie and Savanna
Wet Prairie
Mature Height:
Shade Preference:
Full Sun,
Soil Tolerance:
Moderate moisture; tolerates seasonal flooding;showy milkweed is water loving (Narrow-leaved milkweed tolerates drier conditions than showy milkweed in general)
Special Uses:
Attracts insects, bees and butterflies; Ornamental; Deer resistant