Hardy Planting Zone - 3 through 8
Bloom Season - Summer
Bloom Color - Pink to White
Height at Maturity - One to two feet
Soil Type Preferred - Any well-drained soil, drought tolerant
Sun or Shade - Full sun
The common Milkweed is the plant that most people refer to as this plant, although a few hybrids are growing in the east and west.
The Milkweed is known for growing to relatively tall heights, with the average garden variety reaching between three and five feet in height. In the wild, the Milkweed can reach a height of eight feet to provide the perfect feeding ground for butterflies and bees.
One of the reasons for the popularity of Milkweed is its impressive flowers that bloom in the heart of the Summer months.
These white-pink flowers form in spherical shape on the end of long stems to create a bunch of around 100 flowers on each stem in the middle of its bloom season. The white to pink flowers of the Milkweed contrast nicely with the dark green leaves of the oblong plant.
This species is a native of the Southern Great Plains with the ability of the plant to grow in different environments. The Milkweed has been found in the wild, growing in the Plains, ditches, fields, and roadsides. The Milkweed is not an edible plant for humans, but for some wildlife of the U.S., the milky sap can be an essential food source. The Monarch butterfly can be encouraged to move into a garden or yard when the Milkweed is planted in a prominent position. When grown from seed, the Milkweed can be transplanted in the Spring to give it time to set down its roots in time for a mid-Summer bloom season.