Asclepias syriaca is a native perennial with upright stems and domed clusters of fragrant, pinkish-purple flowers. Flowers give way to prominent seed pods which split open when ripe. Flowers are a nectar source for many butterflies and the leaves are a food source for monarch butterfly caterpillars. Milkweed can self seed and spread rapidly through the rhizomes.
Latin Name: Asclepia syriaca
Common Name: Common Milkweed
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Native Range: NE and SE US, MD (Mountain, Piedmont, Coastal)
Asclepias incarnata is an erect, clump-forming, native plant with clusters of pink blooms that appear in the late summer. Milkweed is the food source for monarch caterpillars and is a nectar source for butterflies. Flowers are followed by brown seed pods, which persist into the fall. Seeds will self-sow if the pods are left on the plants
Asclepias tuberosa display clusters of bright orange flowers with a long bloom period of late spring to summer and sometimes into early fall. Butterflyweed is great to use in pollinator gardens, meadow plantings, and sunny borders. The plant stays low to the ground compared to Milkweed.