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Purple Milkweed (Asclepias purpurascens)

Host Plant: Monarch Butterflies

Nectar Plant: many insects

Flower Color: Purple

Growth Habit: Herbaceous plant that grows to 2-3 feet tall

Range in North America: Midwest and Eastern North America

Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Hardiness: Zones 3-9

Soil Requirements: fertile, moist, well-drained soil

No other common names known.

Purple milkweed (Asclepias purpurascens), a member of the Apocynaceae (Dogbane Family), is a herbaceous perennial that grows to 3 feet tall and blooms in the spring and summer with purple/pink flowers.

Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

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

Many other insects use this plant as a nectar source.

Purple milkweed is found in open areas such as fields, roadsides, and meadows.  It is native to eastern and mid-western North America.

The species name refers to the purple color of the flowers (Missouri Botanical Garden).


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