showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa)

pinkish star-shaped flowers arranged in round clusters on stop of multiple stems

showy milkweed

 

Common name: showy milkweed
Botanical name: Asclepias speciosa

Light: full sun
Height: 24 – 48 inches
Water: moderate to low, more in spring
Soil type: variable disturbed soils

Perennial wildflower found along streams and on disturbed sites with pinkish star-shaped flowers arranged in round clusters on stop of multiple stems that exude a milky substance if broken; host plant for Monarch butterflies, spreads via rhizomes

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