Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

Habitat: Fields and Open Areas

Grows in Sun/Shade: Sun

Flowers: Red/Pink

Attributes: Butterfly host plant, Butterfly nectar plant, Hummingbird attractor, Drought tolerant, Clay soil tolerant

Height: 60-120 cm (23-47 in)


This plant is often regarded as a weed to be destroyed, but its flowers and foliage provide food for many kinds of insects, including the Monarch Butterfly. One reason fo the decline of the Monarch is the loss of Common Milkweed from agrcuture fields and the species should be plnated into meadows and other areas where it is safe to do so. The flowers are also exceptionally aromatic, akin to Lilac.


For more information about this plant please visit the Ontario Wildflowers website


4265 Wilmot-Easthope Rd., New Hamburg,  (2 km north of highway 7/8 or south of Erb's Road)

Nursery (please call ahead) 519-662-2529 (office) or 519-272-3393 (cell)
Preorder or consultation 519-831-0953 or email