Asclepias speciosa Torr.
Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)
A stout, sparingly branched, pubescent perennial,
1 1/2-3 ft. tall, with large, oval,
blue-green leaves and showy, spherical clusters of rose-colored flowers. Flowers occur at the top of the stem
and on stalks from leaf axils. A grayish, velvety plant with erect leafy stems and with umbels of star-like pinkish flowers in upper axils and at top. Sap
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Root Type: Tap Leaf Complexity: Simple Leaf Shape: Ovate Leaf Venation: Pinnate Leaf:
Green Flower: Sepals
Black 5 in. Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Green , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
AZ , CA , CO , ID , IL , IA , KS , MI , MN , MT , NE , NV , NM , ND , OK , OR , SD , TX , UT , WA , WI , WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
S. Man. & w. MN to B.C., s. to TX & CA Native Habitat:
Savannah, Prairie, Meadow, Field USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Various soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitUse Wildlife: Hummingbirds.
Warning: This is one of the least toxic of the milkweeds. There are even recipes for preparing this species as a vegetable, but the plants should be positively identified as some of the milkweeds are highly poisonous, and eating them can result in death.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Attracts: Hummingbirds , Butterflies
Larval Host: Monarch
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for: