A tall milkweed that will not spread invasively like the common milkweed (A. syriaca). It has softly felted gray leaves and dramatically structured pink flowers, June–August, that are sweetly fragrant. Attracts butterflies and bees. Average to dry soil. Colorado seed source.
Milkweed leaves are the only food source of monarch caterpillars. Their flowers are also a great nectar source for the butterflies and bees. You’ll be surprised by the different leaf shapes, fragrances, and flower colors these native milkweed varieties have to offer, from orange to pink to white. Milkweed is
taprooted, so once it’s planted, it’s hard to move.