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Plant Name:

Common Milkweed

Scientific Name:

Asclepias syriaca


Common Milkweed is a perennial herb with tall stems and clusters of pinkish-purple flowers. It has broad, opposite leaves and milky sap.


Fields, meadows, prairies, roadsides


Common Milkweed is an important plant for monarch butterflies. It serves as a host plant for monarch caterpillars, and the flowers provide nectar for adult butterflies and other pollinators. The plant also supports a variety of other insects and provides food for herbivorous mammals.

Growing Conditions:

Common Milkweed thrives in well-drained soils and full sun.


Common Milkweed has been used for various purposes. The fibers from the stems have been used to make cordage and textiles. The plant has also been used for its medicinal properties by Native American tribes.

(please exercise caution and consult additional sources or experts before consuming any vegetation):


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Fun Facts:

Common Milkweed is also known as "Butterfly Weed" or "Silkweed". It is native to North America.

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