Asclepias syriaca
“Virginia Silk”

Asclepias syriaca "Virgina Silk Milkweed" Asclepias syriaca "Virgina Silk Milkweed"

Intensely frangrant, tough, showy, long-lived and tolerant of poor soil – this is the EASIEST Milkweed you can grow! Divinely scented of Lilac, plentiful 4” sperical clusters appear in Summer atop 3-4’ upright stems. A nectar source for many butterflies, especially Monarchs! Spreads by rhizomes, so it’s best placed where that won’t be a problem or in a large container. Native to much of the U.S.


Asclepias syriaca "Virgina Silk Milkweed" Asclepias syriaca "Virgina Silk Milkweed"

We are pleased to announce that the California Department of Agriculture has recently lifted its requirement that our nursery use Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis), as a naturally occurring biological insecticide (also commonly used on organically grown fruits and vegetables),  as control against LBAM (Light Brown Apple Moth) within the State of California.  As a result we are no longer using BT in our nursery.  Bt was known to be toxic to caterpillars, particularly the Monarch butterfly caterpillar, which is why we had always advised our customers to wait a growing season (or approximately one year) before introducing Monarch caterpillars to any Asclepia (Milkweed) plants  to ensure the plants are large enough to provide sufficient food and the BT has had time to wear off. 

Sun/Pt. Shade
Avg./Low Water

USDA Zones 4-10