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Michigan and UP native perennial, Asclepias syriaca, is also known as Common Milkweed. It grows to two to four feet tall and prefers full sun, but will tolerate any well drained soil, including clay and poor, dry conditions. It spreads enthusiastically and is best used where it can be allowed to roam.


In addition to providing nectar for butterflies and other pollinators, it serves as a host plant for Monarch butterfly caterpillars and other beneficial insects. Recommended as a bird plant for the UP by the National Audubon Society, it is used by hummingbirds, and the fibers from stems and fluff from the seed pods are used by Northern Orioles and many other birds as nest material.


Single plants will come in plastic pots (Approx. 4” x 4 .5”) Plants will vary in size between 2 and 10 inches. Single Species plug flats will be 2" x 5" plugs in 38 cell flats.

Common Milkweed

  • Specifications

    All products are subject to 6% Michigan Sales Tax. Due to the nature of the stock and variables in handling and planting, the Conservation District cannot guarantee survival of seed stock and is unable to accept returns or offer refunds It is unlawful for trees, shrubs and other plants purchased to be resold with the roots attached (per PA 189 of 1931, as amended). The District is not liable for any direct, indirect, special incidental or consequential damages (included but not limited to economic losses and lost profits) incurred or claimed by the customer.


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