Asclepias speciosa

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
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
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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.
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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, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Native
Ideal Region Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Tips For Growing Milkweed/Butterflyweed (Asclepias)

Asclepias (Milkweed) are sun loving plants that are essential perennials for monarch butterflies providing food for caterpillars and nectar for adult butterflies. They bloom from mid-summer into early fall and, with their milky sap, are resistant to rabbits and deer.

Asclepias can be divided into two groups for plant care; Asclepias tuberosa with orange (sometimes yellow) flowers and all the other species with pink (sometimes white) flowers.

1. Asclepias tuberosa (Orange Butterfly Weed) - this perennial stays dormant until later in the spring than many other plants, especially when grown in pots. It's fine to plant dormant plants; don't up-pot them for planting later in the growing season.

  • Need sandy or gravelly soils (except the Clay form which does well in heavier soils including dry clay.)
  • Does best with gravel mulches
  • After their second growing season, only requires deep but infrequent watering. Plant in full hot sun.
  • ust a few handfuls of compost and Yum Yum Mix added to the planting hole is enough. Don't plant into a rich, highly-amended soil.
  • Special comments:

  • When planting dormant plants, water thoroughly after planting and wait to water again until the plant comes into active growth, at which time a deep watering every week or so is adequate. Take care not to overwater young transplants.
  • Asclepias has a long, carrot-like tap root that should remain undisturbed after planting and should NOT ever be divided.
  • 2. Asclepias speciosa, A. syriaca. A. incarnata (Milkweed) - these perennial species stay dormant later in the spring than many other plants, especially when they are grown in pots. It's fine to plant dormant plants; don't up-pot them for planting later in the growing season.

    Preferred growing conditions:

  • These species grow in a wide range of soil types, including clay.
  • They don't need mulching (except in very hot climates).
  • These are moisture-loving perennials and do well in wet to moderately moist soil conditions.
  • Plant in full to part sun areas.
  • They like compost-enriched soils at planting time.
  • Special comments:

  • Asclepias syriaca and A. speciosa will spread to make big patches of plants and are best planted in parts of the landscape where they won't crowd out less vigorous plants. Not recommended for the prime spots in your perennial beds.
  • Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed) is a more refined grower and is fine to include in perennial beds.
  • Garden care:

    • Fertilize Asclepias just once in fall with Yum Yum Mix and Planters II. - Naturalized plantings don't need additional fertilization.
    • To encourage re-seeding and provide winter interest with their ornamental seed pods, leave the stems intact over the winter. In mid-spring, remove old stems just above ground level.
    • All species of Asclepias are late to emerge in the spring, so don't be concerned if other perennials come up first and they remain dormant.

    View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

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    1.0

    Didn't take off

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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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      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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      Very poor plant

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

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

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                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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