NATIVE PLANT OF THE WEEK: COMMON MILKWEED

Common Name: Common Milkweed   Scientific Name: Asclepias syriaca

General Description: Perennial plant that reaches 3-5 feet in height; erect stem with large oval leaves that provide contrasting form to many other native perennials.  Pink flower clusters give way to pods that burst open and release brown seeds attached to silken fibers that aid with wind dispersal.

Habitat: Common milkweed can adapt to a variety of soils from rocky to sandy to clay.  However, it requires nearly full sun to thrive and prefers moist, well-drained conditions.  Common milkweed is found in disturbed areas and can spread aggressively via underground shoots if competition is limited.

Additional information: Common milkweed is a very valuable plant for wildlife.  It is a host plant for monarch caterpillars and the flowers attract a wide variety of pollinators.  The tough fibrous stems were harvested by Native Americans to make rope and nets.  Although mildly toxic uncooked, common milkweed (like pokeweed) can be eaten as a vegetable if prepared and cooked properly.

MILKWEED SEED, PLANT OF THE MONTH
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center http://www.wildflower.org/explore.php


MILKWEED, BILLS YARD

 

You are welcome to visit the

Native Plant of the Week

at 4020 Dunston Avenue.

The featured plant will be in the front yard

and will be marked.  

 

COMMON MILKWEED
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center http://www.wildflower.org/explore.php

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