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Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) has showy pink blooms

Showy Milkweed - Asclepias speciosa

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With large clusters of spikey pink flowers, Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) really lives up to the name! Pale pink, star-shaped flowers are arranged in globe-like clusters, blooming on top of upright stems. The blooms are heavily laden with fragrance and nectar, attracting a wide variety of pollinators to the garden. In the fall, flowers give way to large seed pods that are filled with fluffy, wind-dispersed seeds.  Showy Milkweed isn't quite as aggressive as others, making it easy to control in the garden. 

Milkweeds, including Showy Milkweed, are essential for the Monarch lifecycle. Their relationship includes more than just swapping nectar for pollination. Caterpillars exclusively feed on their leaves, which are filled with cardenolides. Cardenolides are stored in the bodies of Monarch caterpillars and butterflies as a defense against predators. Without Milkweed, we wouldn't have Monarchs!

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Plant size: 3' tall x 1.5' wide

Light: full sun (6+ hrs/day)

Hardiness: USDA zone 3-9 (Find your hardiness zone)

Pollinator value: attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, and is the host plant for Monarchs

Notable features: fragrant, great cut flowers, long-blooming, deer resistant, multiple seasons of interest, low maintenance

Pot size: one quart

Plant name: Asclepias speciosa

Customer Reviews

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L.S.
Really sad by these purchases

Of the original 9 plants I ordered I have two plants replaced twice - of those 2 only 1/2
Of the plant is doing well. Of the other 7 most have died after a very very brief time. I am submitting another request for exchange of flowers now.

Hello! We're so sorry to hear that you're having trouble with your plants. Our customer service team is always here to help. Their email is claims@greatgardenplants.com. Happy Gardening!

D
D.

The plants I was sent were not showy milkweed but I did get replacement plants.

Hello! We apologize that you didn't receive the correct order. We're glad to hear that our customer service team was able to get replacements sent out to you. We hope that they thrive in your garden. Happy Gardening!

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C.
I thought these would be great and easy to grow.

ordered two and they both died

Hello! We're so sorry to hear about your milkweed. Rest assured, we do have a 60 day guarantee on all of our plants. Please email pictures of any plant(s) in question to claims@greatgardenplants.com, making sure to put your order number and name in the subject line so that we may provide the best assistance possible. If you received your plants within that timeframe, we will be happy to apply your warranty once we receive the pictures. Happy Gardening!

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J.M.
Showy milkweed

It was the only plant i purchased that died.

Hello! We're so sorry to hear about your milkweed! Rest assured, we do have a 60 day guarantee on all of our plants. Please email pictures of any plant(s) in question to claims@greatgardenplants.com, making sure to put your order number and name in the subject line so that we may provide the best assistance possible. If you received your plants within that timeframe, we will be happy to apply your warranty once we receive the pictures. Happy Gardening!

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I.T.
Arrived puny, not growing in hest

Unfortunately these arrived very small and spindly and I think the lack of robustness plus the hot summer is slowing them down and making them suffer.

Hello! Thank you for your feedback. As mentioned on our website we do ship young plants with established root systems. It is hard to say for certain why you are not seeing growth as quickly as you'd like since many factors like weather, soil type, watering, and fertilizing all play a role. Perhaps you're familiar with the old saying about plants: first year sleep, second year creep, third year leap. This applies to plants in the garden center as well as plants you purchase online. They generally spend their first year growing roots in their new home, the second year they have more energy to put into growth, and the third year, they are growing and flowering vigorously. With proper care, you will see growth in time. Happy Gardening!