Common milkweed

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated December 2017.

Scientific name: Asclepias syriaca L.

Common name(s): common milkweed

Links: USDA PLANTS Profile , NPIN Profile, Go Botany

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-generally flowers June to August in ME

-may be confused with A. purpurascens; see left sidebar on Go Botany webpage


Heinrich, B. 1976. Flowering phenologies: Bog, woodland, and disturbed habitats. Ecology. 57(5):890-899.