Showy milkweed lives up to his common name as a large-leaved perennial plant that spreads by rhizome and has showy pinkish flowers. Showy milkweed is an important larval host plant for monarch butterflies, and the flowers are coveted by many other pollinator species as well. Adaptable to a wide variety of well-drained soils, showy milkweed is easy to grow. Give showy milkweed plenty of room to spread by rhizome and avoid overhead watering to prevent leaf spot. If you plant it, most likely monarchs will find it!
Seed Germination Instructions
30-60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to early spring.