Common Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca


Common milkweed has broad oval leaves, a tall thick stem, and dramatic, fragrant balls of tiny pink flowers that are a delight to bees and butterflies. Flowers bloom from May to August. Monarch butterflies depend on milkweed plants; the butterflies lay their eggs on the plant and the larvae will feed here and matures into a chrysalis. Milkweed species are attractive to many insects, including milkweed bugs, and bees. This species can grow in sandy, clay, or rocky soils.