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Showy Milkweed

( Asclepias speciosa )

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Showy Milkweed
Apocynaceae
Asclepias
Asclepias speciosa
Torrey
BC, AB, SK, MB
Asclepias giffordii
Characteristics

Wildflower

Deciduous

3

Sun

Sand, Loam

Dry, Normal, Moist

No

No

No

No
Habitat Considerations

Prairies, Montane Cordillera

Savannah, Forest Edge, Prairie/Meadow/Field, Wet Meadow/Prairie/Field, Riparian

Butterfly, Bird, Prairie/Meadow
Design Considerations

40 cm

120 cm

Jun - Aug

Purple|Pink

Yes

Yes

White|Green


Monarch butterfly





Yes


Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Butterfly Larvae

No
Conservation Status



Interesting Tidbits

POISONOUS PARTS: All parts. Toxic only in large quantities. Syptoms include, vomiting, stupor, weakness, spasms. Toxic Principle: Cardiac glycosides and resinoids. (Poisonous Plants of N.C. State) This species is deer resistant. (Evergreen) Found in ditches and at roadsides.


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