Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) in the Milkweeds Database

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 12 - 48 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 18 inches
Leaves: Other: Velvety, broad-oblong to broad-ovate, gray-green leaves (to 8" long) with conspicuous veining..
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Other: Flowers are a nectar source for many butterflies and leaves are a food source for monarch butterfly larvae (caterpillars).
Flower Color: Other: Pinkish-white to pinkish-purple, Purplish rose
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Self fertile
Stratify seeds: 3 months at 40 degrees
Suitable for wintersowing
Other info: Easily grown from seed, and may self-seed in the landscape if seed pods are not removed prior to splitting open.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Bees
Various insects
Containers: Not suitable for containers

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Location: TwispDate: 2015-06-14Just about to open
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Location: On my property in Lenore, IDDate: 8-27-2013Individual seeds
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Location: TwispDate: 2015-09-18
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Date: 2016-06-14
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Posted by imabirdnut (North Texas - Zone 7b) on Sep 14, 2012 8:09 AM

Good nectar source for hummingbirds as well as butterflies

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MunchkinsMom On July 2, 2016 Miscellaneous Event
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Placed in moist paper towel in a ziplock bag and placed in the fridge.
ricelg On January 3, 2018 Obtained plant
Placed seeds on paper towel moistened with distilled water and sealed in Ziploc bag in refrigerator
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