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Showy Pink Milkweed

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Showy Pink Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) is an essential wildflower for supporting Monarch butterflies by providing food for caterpillars and nectar for the adult butterflies. 3-4 ft. tall x 3 ft. wide.

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Zones 3 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Average
Moist/Wet
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Shipping Shipping begins in early September, coldest zones first. Buy now and we'll ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Learn More…
SKU HBLBKXX

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3-4 ft. tall x 3 ft. wide. Showy Pink Milkweed variety is an essential wildflower for supporting Monarch butterflies by providing food for caterpillars and nectar for the adult butterflies. The plant blooms in the summer with big globes of fragrant pink flowers. Spreading via underground runners, pink milkweed can be a little too aggressive for formal perennial beds. This plant is best planted in less used areas where is can spread without overrunning less vigorous annuals and perennials. It's recommended for areas of your property that collect water after a good rain. More easily grown than the Orange Butterfly Weed, this is an excellent plant for beginning gardeners. Native Range: AZ, CA, CO, IA, ID, IL, KS, MI, MN, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, OR, SD, TX, UT, WA, WI, WY. Seed propagated. 3-4' tall x 3 ft." wide.
Associated SKUs
HBLBKXX
HBLBK51 (Plant - 5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
HBLBK21 (Plant - 2.5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
Common Name Showy Pink Milkweed
Botanical Name Asclepias speciosa
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Pink
Mature Height 3-4 ft. tall
Mature Spread 3 ft. wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Native
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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2.9

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57%

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1.0

Didn't take off

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from Boise, ID

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These starts never took off. So disappointed.

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4.0

Healthy plants, my timing was off

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from Salt Lake City, Utah

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias speciosa:

    Everything I have ordered from High Country Gardens has been AMAZING! The milkweed plants arrived about a month too soon - we can't plant tender plants until Mother's Day and I was unable to keep them healthy for a month indoors before getting them into the ground. I should have been more on the ball, and held the shipping date until closer to Mother's Day. Will know to do so moving forward. Thanks!

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    1.0

    Very poor plant

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    from Langley, WA

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      • Plant never grew despite care
      • Small In Size

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias speciosa:

        Planted to attract Monarch butterflies, following instructions. Several leaves emerged but it never grew despite my expert horticultural skill as a professional landscape architect and horticulturist. A total failure.

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        4.0

        I was wrong again.

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        from Florissant, CO

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias speciosa:

            I must have chosen a really bad spot because it never grew.

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            5.0

            Better Than I First Thought

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            from Monument, CO

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias speciosa:

              I purchased 5 milkweed plants, planted them in the fall,and doubted if they would make it through the Colorado winter. They did very well... 4 out of 5 are thriving and I am hoping to purchase more to plant this fall for the monarchs as a steward of my own small piece of the earth!

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              4.0

              Small

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              from Las Vegas, NV

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias speciosa:

              Plant is still quite small but has leaves. I am hoping our weather will get warmer to help the thing along. Hope to get this to grow so butterflies (perhaps the monarchs will come) will come to my garden.

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              Failed

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              All (3) of my plants failed to come up this spring.

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              USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

              To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

              • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
              • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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