Asclepias speciosa
"Showy Milkweed"

Asclepias speciosa Showy Milkweed Asclepias speciosa Showy Milkweed

Much like 'Davis', this is the straight species that's native to much of the western half of the US. Just as stunning in bloom and pinker in color, the fragrant, starry bloom clusters 4" across top 3' upright, thick stems. Big smooth green, oval leaves instead of silvery ones. Will bring the Monarchs and their stunning caterpillars and chrysalises. Same care as 'Davis', needing very little to no Summer water once established, tolerating most soils including clayish. If happy, will form spreading clumps over time. Deer resistant!

Annie

*Due to CA agricultural regulations, we’re required to treat Asclepias plants with BT (a non-toxic, naturally occurring biological larvicide) to help combat the Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM). If you plan to introduce Monarch caterpillars to this plant, we recommend letting it establish for one season (3 mo.) before doing so to ensure it is large enough to provide sufficient food and the BT has had time to wear off. 

Sun/Part Sun
Low/Avg. Water

CA Native Perennial
USDA zones 4-10