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Asclepias speciosa | Pacific Nurseries

Asclepias speciosa

Common Name | Milkweed
Popular Plant CA Native | Pacific Nurseries
CA Native
Asclepias speciosa is distinctive CA native perennial that grows to about 4′ tall and features large, pointed, banana-like leaves arranged opposite on a stalk-like stem. Fragrant, attractive, furry pale pink to pinkish-purple flowers appear in dense clusters. It also bears somewhat large, rough-follicled fruit filled with many flat oval seeds and silky plumes. Milkweed spreads by underground rhizomes which form an expanding clump. This CA native plant is very attractive to pollinators including birds, insects, and the Monarch butterfly. Alkaloids inside the plant are also picked up by caterpillars and provide protection by making them taste awful to predators. Planting this plant in a Bay Area landscape can help support native habitats and provide an essential food source.

Asclepias speciosa

Attributes + Requirements

Popular Plant Pollinator Attraction | Pacific Nurseries
High Pollinator Attraction
Growth | 4-6′ High
Growth | 4′ Wide
Popular Plant Flower Color | Pacific Nurseries
Flower Color | White, Pink, Purple
Light Water
Full Sun
Popular Plant Soil Requirements | Pacific Nurseries
Soil | Sandy, Clay, Well-Drained
Special Features = Showy | Summer-dry Tolerant | Low Maintenance | Deer Resistant | Fast Growing
Popular Plant Sizes Grown | Pacific Nurseries
Asclepias speciosa
Sizes Grown | 1 gal

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