Often found in Midwest prairies, Milkweed is a large plant that provides food and shelter for Monarch butterfly caterpillars. Parts of it are also edible and were used by Native Americans.
Flowers: Umbel inflorescence in shades of lavender and pink, emerging in late spring through late summer.
Seeds/Fruits: Form pods (see image above) that break open to disperse downy seeds on the wind.
Culture: Easy to grow, can take high sun and dry soils. Readily self-seeds and spreads by rhizome – may become problematic.
Potential Issues: May become invasive. No major disease or insect issues.
Landscape Uses: Attracts butterflies, native areas, meadows, prairies. Seed pods are often dried and used in arrangements. Other Asclepias species are used in beds and borders.