Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
    Dogbane Family
    One of 17 species of milkweeds native to North Carolina. Common Milkweed is best suited for natural spaces, large meadows, restoration projects, or maybe an extra large container. Only plant in a small garden at your own peril. Spreads readily by underground rhizomes and seeds, and is not particularly easy to pull out. If you have the space, it is a beautiful milkweed to plant. The flowers are quite large, very fragrant, a unique mauve-rose color, and attract an incredible amount of pollinators. It is, famously, a host plant for the Monarch butterfly. The abundance and large size of the leaves on this species of milkweed make it a preferred species. Some sources recommend cutting plants in half or by ⅔ in mid summer to promote new growth, which is preferred by young caterpillars that hatch in late summer/early fall.

    Blooms: Pink, 4-6 weeks, June-July
    Leaves: Light green, fuzzy, 6”, ovoid, simple
    Height: 3-5’
    Space: 2-3’
    Soil: Average-Dry, poor soils
    Exposure: Full sun-Part sun
    Fauna: Long-tongue bees, butterflies, wasps, beetles, host to Monarch butterfly and several moth species
    Seeds: 3-4”, spiky, tapered balloon-like pod filled with seeds attached to silky hairs
    Native Status: NC Native, common in the Piedmont & Mountains, exotic in the Coastal Plain
    Deer Resistance: High
    Zone: 3-9
    Provenance: NC Ecotype, Seed grown