Showy Milkweed

Asclepias speciosa

This Western North American native lives up to its name with big orbs of star-shaped violet-pink flowers. An easy care plant that is tolerant of a variety of situations, from poor, dry soils to moist areas. A more manageable garden plant than common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). An herbaceous perennial.
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Good to grow!8


Full sun

Water occasionally for more vigorous growth.


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Botanical Pronunciationas-KLE-pee-us spee-see-OH-suh
Average Size at MaturityQuickly reaches 1 to 3 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeLate Spring
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower ColorPurplish-pink
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleRustic
Landscape UseBorder, Hillside, Wildlife Garden, Naturalized Areas
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Easy Care, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsWater occasionally for more vigorous growth.
Companion PlantsYarrow (Achillea); Blue Fescue (Festuca); Tickseed (Coreopsis); Coneflower (Echinacea); Butterfly Bush (Buddleja); Trumpet Vine (Campsis); Bee Balm (Monarda)

Plant in full sun and mulch heavily. Water well the first month to establish. Grows more vigorously is moist soil and near water, but can tolerate drought. Cut off seed pods if reseeding is not desired. Does not transplant well once established.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-9

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 8

Good to grow!