Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)
Butterfly Monarchs

Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

Description

Asclepias speciosa is similar to Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), but its pinkish-purple flowers have longer petals that taper more and are covered with fine hairs. Sweet fragrant blossoms that fill the air. Asclepias are excellent nectar sources and are food for the larval stages of Monarch and Queen butterflies. Monarchs use a nectar source and host plant. Unlike A. syriaca, speciosa does not form large clones. Several erect umbels with multiple flowers are presented at the top of the stems. Color varies from pink, to red, and purple.

Part of the Butterfly Bed & Breakfast Project.

Product Description

Asclepias speciosa is similar to Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), but its pinkish-purple flowers have longer petals that taper more and are covered with fine hairs. Sweet fragrant blossoms that fill the air. Asclepias are excellent nectar sources and are food for the larval stages of Monarch and Queen butterflies. Monarchs use a nectar source and host plant. Unlike A. syriaca, speciosa does not form large clones. Several erect umbels with multiple flowers are presented at the top of the stems. Color varies from pink, to red, and purple.

Part of the Butterfly Bed & Breakfast Project.