Asclepias speciosa, Showy Milkweed
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Showy Milkweed has unique, fanciful star-shaped flowers in salmon-pink-rose colors. It is a decidedly western species that reaches its eastern front at the intersection of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers. It is most at home in the western counties of the Red River Valley, but can be grown in home gardens as easily as other milkweed species. It's happy place is wet prairie, but apparently will tolerate drier soils. Given this, when planting in a garden setting, make sure to provide adequate moisture, particularly when getting your milkweed started and in droughty conditions.
Blooms: salmon-pink rose, June into August
Height: 3 to 4 feet
Conditions: sun to pt sun, moist to medium soils