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Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa)

Host Plant: Monarch Butterfly

Nectar Plant: many insects

Flower Color: Pink

Growth Habit: Herbaceous perennial plant that grows to 4 feet tall

Range in North America: Western and Midwest North America

Exposure: Full sun

Hardiness: Zones 4-9

Soil Requirements: moist to dry, well-drained soil

No other common names are known.

Showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa), a member of Apocynaceae (Dogbane Family), is a herbaceous perennial that has pink, green, and purple flowers and grows to 1-3 feet high.  This plant can have weedy characteristics.

More information about Showy 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 other butterflies use this plant as a nectar source.

Showy milkweed is found in open areas, roadsides, and waste places.  It is native to the midwest and western North America.

The species name of this plant is Latin for “showy” (Missouri Botanical Garden).


Missouri Botanical Garden

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center


Nature is what you need

Grow Milkweed Plants — shows a Monarch caterpillar eating the leaves.


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