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Asclepias syriaca

Common Name: Common Milkweed
Asclepias syriaca
Asclepias syriaca

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Genus: Asclepias
Species: Asclepias syriaca

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

The flowers of common milkweed are 0.5", pink-purple, and grow in rounded 2" clusters called umbels.

The leaves are large, broad, rounded, and grow on downy stems. The plants can grow to 4’ in height.

Habitat & Range

Common milkweed grows in fields and dry areas in eastern United States, southeastern Canada, and Europe. It is often found colonizing disturbed sites.

Life Cycle

The flowers bloom from June to August. They form a bumpy seed pods that split open in fall and early winter to disperse the cottony, wind bourne seeds.

Featured image by James Dake.


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