Asclepias speciosa

Showy milkweed

Asclepias speciosa, commonly called showy milkweed,  occurs on dry slopes, open woodland areas, roadsides, waste areas and along streams in western North America.  

This species grows in a wide range of soil types, including clay. 

It is best used as part of a wild flower planting as it spreads quite vigorously by underground rhizomes.  

That said, the tiny pink flowers are a nectar rich haven for butterflies, moths and other pollinators. Like all of the genus, they are late to emerge and require a deal of warmth before emerging in late spring.

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Family

Plant type

Hardiness

Height

Spread

Foliage

Flower

Soil

Position

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Asclepiadaceae    

Hardy perennial    

H7    

100cm    

60cm    

Grey white    

Purple pink    

Moist, clay    

Full sun

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