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Oval-Leaf Milkweed (Asclepias ovalifolia)

Host Plant: monarch butterflies

Nectar Plant: other butterflies and insects

Flower Color: white

Growth Habit: herbaceous perennial that grows to 2 feet tall

Range in North America: upper midwest

Exposure: Full sun to shade

Hardiness: Zones 3-5

Soil Requirements: well-drained sandy or loamy soil in dry conditions

More Information about Oval-Leaf Milkweed (Asclepias ovalifolia)

Dwarf Milkweed

Oval-Leaf milkweed (Asclepias ovalifolia), a member of the Apocynaceae (Dogbane Family), is a herbaceous perennial that grows to 2 feet tall and has white flowers that bloom in the summer.

More about Oval-leaf Milkweed can be found on this blog post.

Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

Monarch Butterfly on Goldenrod – ALAN SCHMIERER from southeast AZ, USA, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Many butterflies and other insects use this plant as a nectar source.

Oval-Leaf milkweed is found in open areas such as woodlands, fields, prairies, and roadsides.  It is native to the upper midwest.

This milkweed is one of the shortest and can tolerate shade unlike some of the other species.


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