Asclepias flower is a perennial herbaceous flower plant, called milkweed, named for its milk, milk is a kind of milky substance rich in cardiac glycosides, also known as cardiac glycosides, which are damaged in tissue cells Milky white liquid oozes from the place.
Asclepias is a plant that loves the sun. It is an indispensable perennial plant for butterflies. It provides food for caterpillars and nectar for adult butterflies. They bloom from midsummer to early autumn, and because of their milky white sap, they can withstand the invasion of rabbits and deer.
Asclepias are mostly produced in the United States and Canada. Asclepias contains more than 100 evergreen or deciduous perennials, dotted with clusters of small, interesting-shaped petals, which are irresistible butterflies. Attractive and easy to grow, they are unique in many perennial gardens and are a key component of butterfly gardens, villa gardens or prairie and grassland.
|Common Name||common milkweed|
|Native Range||Eastern North America|
|FlowerZone||3 – 9|
|Height||2 – 3 feet|
|Spread||0.75 – 1.00 feet|
|Bloom Time||6 – 8|
|Bloom Description||Red, purple, white|
|Water||Dry to medium level|
|Tolerate||Arid climate, corrosive, dry soil, shallow rock soil, arid climate, corrosion, dry soil, shallow rock soil, etc.|
Features of Asclepias:
The main characteristic of Asclepias is the rough, overgrown Missouri native perennials. It generally grows 3-4′ (less at 6′) tall, stout, straight stems and thick, wide, red The veins, light green leaves (to 8″ long). Generally appear in fields, open forests, waste areas, roadsides, and railway lines throughout the state.
The fragrant pink-purple flower clusters (cymes) are dome-shaped, slightly drooping, and specifically appear in the upper leaf axils. The flowering period is very long, from late spring to summer. When the stems and leaves are cut or injured, milky sap will flow out. After the flowers bloom, they will produce obvious wart-like seed pods (2-4″ long), which will rupture when mature, releasing a large number of seeds with small filamentous tails, which are easy to spread with the wind. Seed pods are very valuable in dried flowers. Flowers are the source of nectar for many butterflies, and leaves are the source of food for monarch butterfly larvae (caterpillars).
Is it toxic?
In the past 20 years, the number of monarch butterflies in North America has dropped by 90%. By planting Asclepias (milk grass) in your own garden, you can help change the fate of these beautiful insects.
Most flowers must have sufficient sun (at least 6-8 hours a day) and can grow well in ordinary garden soil environments. But some Asclepias (milk grass) is special because it prefers moderate to humid soil conditions.