New England Wild Flower Society

Asclepias syriaca

common milkweed

Though compared to the other species of milkweed mentioned in this database this species is probably the least useable for most garden settings we still love it nonetheless. The vigor of this species means that it is a poor choice for most small spaces but that same vigor allows it to be used in some of the most difficult planting conditions in New England. From the hottest, driest sites to sites with invasive pressures this species handles all of it. We think every highway in New England should be lined with common milkweed and both edible enthusiasts and monarch butterflies would thanks us greatly if we could pull it off.

Height: 24-42 in
Spread: 36-60 in
Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Bloom Color: Purple

Characteristics & Attributes

Part Shade
Soil Moisture
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
(58) Northeastern Highlands
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
Attracts Wildlife
Host Plant
Other Pollinators/Wildlife
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Bees
Ornamental Interest
Summer Bloom
Landscape Use
Deer/Rabbit Resistant
Salt Tolerant
Urban Environment
Drought Tolerant
Additional Attributes
Low Maintenance

North American Distribution