Milkweed is often thought of as just a weed. It is however absolutely essential to monarch butterflies in addition to offering beautiful pink and fragrant flowers. This is the only plant on which its caterpillars feed. It does not require much maintenance and it can grow very well in poor soil. It is a must for gardeners who want to contribute to biodiversity
Latin name Asclepias syriaca
Common names Small piglets (Quebec), silk of America, grass with wadding, grass with parakeets.
English Common Milkweed
Family Apocynaceae, formerly Asclepiadaceae.
MAINTENANCE AND OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:
NEEDS APPROXIMATELY 30 DAYS OF COLD MOIST STRATIFICATION FOR BETTER GERMINATION