- Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
- Mature Height 2 - 4 Feet
- Mature Spread 2 - 4 Feet
- Growing Zones 3 - 9
- Use As A Thriller In Containers
Showy Milkweed is a very low-maintenance perennial that adds serious height to your landscape. Also known as Asclepias speciosa or butterfly weed, this beauty features spherical clusters of tiny star-shaped flowers. The fragrant, rose-color blooms attract pollinators like bees and hummingbirds, and this plant is a particular favorite with butterflies. The flowers bloom during mid to late summer, but even after the flowers fade away, this plant is still a looker thanks to the blue-green foliage.
This upright thriller is a native of North America, so it requires very little care once it is settled in. Use this plant in borders or mass plantings, and the blooms make beautiful cut flowers that can also be dried. Showy Milkweed is deer-resistant, so it's an excellent option for areas with large deer populations. This plant grows as a perennial in USDA growing zones 3 through 9.
Showy Milkweed Care
Plant Showy Milkweed in part to full sun. Ideally, the plant needs at least 4 hours of sunlight to thrive, although it can handle increased light levels. The soil should be rich and have a pH of 5.0 to 7.0. This plant has medium water needs and prefers somewhat damp conditions, so the soil should retain some moisture. Apply mulch around the base of the plant to maintain moisture in the ground and protect the roots during the winter in Northern areas.
Asclepias speciosa is not a heavy feeder and does not need to be fertilized, although top dress the soil with organic compost or manure in the spring to give the plant a nutritional boost. Cut the plant back in late winter to early spring. Leave about 6 inches of growth, and make sure to leave the basal leaves.
Showy Milkweed Spacing
This striking plant grows to be 24 to 48 inches tall and wide. Plants can be spaced right up against one another, so plant 24 to 48 inches center to center. Leave at least 5 feet if growing near a building.
Showy Milkweed Information
|USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 - 9|
|Plant Type: Perennials|
|Light Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)|
|Mature Height: 2 - 4 Feet|
|Mature Spread: 2 - 4 Feet|
|Spacing: 2 - 4 Feet|
|Flower Color(s): Pink|
|Flower Description: Rose Pink|
|Bloom Period: Mid Summer, Late Summer|
|Foliage Type: Herbaceous|
|Foliage Color(s): Green|
|Foliage Description: Blue-Green|
|Seasonal Interest: Summer Flowering|
|Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds|
|Container Role: Thriller|
|Uses: Borders, Containers, Mass Planting, Wildlife Gardens|
|Features: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Low Maintenance, Native to North America|
|Brand: Proven Winners|
|Common Name: Showy Milkweed|
|Scientific Name: Asclepias speciosa|
Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.
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