Botanical Name: Asclepias syriaca
Plant Family: Dogbane family (Apocynaceae)
Description: Commonly found along roadsides and railroads, open woods, and other challenging sites. Can be weedy as it spreads by rhizomes and readily self-seeds in the wild. It typically grows from 3 - 5 ft, occasionally to 6 ft. Where space allows, it should be tolerated for it's benefit to monarchs and other beneficial pollinators.
Growing Conditions: Undemanding, grows in rocky, sandy, and dry soil. Prefers full sun.
Bloom Time: Jun - Aug
Bloom Color: Light pink to mauve
Benefit to pollinators/wildlife: Most milkweed species are hosts for the monarch butterfly.
Native Status: US native, PA native
Location in habitat: Pollinator Demonstration Garden, Monarch Waystation