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Showy Milkweed | 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.


Plant Details

HabitatsOak Woodland, Upland Prairie and Savanna, Wet Prairie
Mature Height2-3’
Shade Preferencefull sun
Soil ToleranceModerate moisture; tolerates seasonal flooding;showy milkweed is water loving (Narrow-leaved milkweed tolerates drier conditions than showy milkweed in general)
Special UsesAttracts insects, bees and butterflies; Ornamental; Deer resistant