Botanical Name: Asclepis perennis
Common Name: Milkweed
We all need to plant more native milkweed in our gardens to help save the monarchs. Yes, some native milkweeds can be difficult to grow, but they’re worth the effort. I don’t have a problem having a mix of the native and tropical milkweeds in our gardens. Click on the names to see the other milkweed varieties R&G has for sale: Tropical Milkweed, Swamp Milkweed, Butterfly Milkweed, Giant Milkweed, and Whorled Milkweed.
A. perennis is a perennial with very pretty white flowers, and it’s a lot like Swamp Milkweed in that it likes a moist/wet area to grow in. Give it a sun to part shade area and it’ll grow about 1-3′ tall. It naturally grows in swamps and marsh areas, so put it in that area by the gutter drain, low lying damp area, bog garden, rain garden, or pond area.
This is a host plant to these butterflies: Monarch, Danaus plexippus; Queen, Danaus gilippus; and Soldier, Danaus eresimus. The blooms provide nectar for lots of nectar loving critters.
Zones 8 – 10