Asclepias speciosa

Asclepias speciosa


A Must-Have for Monarchs

Common name: Showy Milkweed


Showy Milkweed looks a lot like syriaca but tends to be shorter and has flowers that look like little crowns. Beloved by pollinators of all kinds, it is especially important for the Monarch Butterfly. Look for their striped caterpillars on the underside of the leaves.


Our perennials come nestled in a 4" square CowPot with a free metal plant ID marker. Learn more about why we think CowPots are so awesome here.


Note: Asclepias varieties are very late to emerge each spring. So late, many gardeners worry it has died. But have patience. :-) We like to put the metal ID marker very close to the plant so that we know just where to keep an eye out for the first shoots in May.


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  • Features & Care

    Attracts:    Pollinators, Butterflies, Bees, Hummingbirds
    Resists:      Deer
    Zones:        3 - 9
    Height:       24" - 48"
    Width:        12" - 24"
    Light:          Full/Part Sun
    Blooms:     Summer
    Flowers:     Aromatic, Dried seed pods
    Water:        Average to low needs
    Soil:            Tolerates poor soils
    Native:       Native species

  • How To Plant

    CowPots are made from composted cow manure. As the pot decomposes, it feeds the roots of the plant helping it get off to great start. We like to say the perennials think they're delicious and nutritious! :-)

    You will plant the pot along with the plant! No need to put holes in the pot or remove the bottom. It decomposes faster than all other non-plastic pot options and the roots easily push through.

    Place the plant in the hole so that the top of the soil in the pot matches the soil line in the garden. Ensure that soil is pressed against the pot on all sides and the bottom. Keep the area inside and outside the pot moist (but not soggy) for 3 to 4 weeks until the plant is established. 

  • Shipping Information

    We ship to the 48 continental US states only.

    Spring shipping begins in April and continues until temperatures make shipping prohibitive (typically late June through August). Fall shipping begins in September through mid-October. Shipping may be held up due to cold or hot temperatures, or extreme wet conditions. 

    Check to see that our email address doesn't get sent to your spam folder. Not just because we're a lot of fun to hear from, but so your shipping notification and tracking info comes through, too. :-)

  • Awards, Patent & Credit

    Photo: peganum from Small Dole, England / CC BY-SA