The beautiful flowers of Asclepias speciosa grow in showy ball-shaped clusters at the top of the thick stem. The flowers are pink in color and have a symmetrical star-shape that can be evenly divided in halves. The common name "milkweed" is given to this plant because of the milky, white sap it produces when the stem is broken. The term "weed" refers to the fact that milkweed grows in poor soil. In the late summer three to five inch long seed pods ripen and seeds can be collected.
This is a wonderful horticultural plant for beautiful floral landscaping that attracts Monarch butterflies. Perennial zone 3-8.