Common milkweed, a native to North America, is a hardy, low-maintenance plant that offers beautiful flowers and scents in the summertime. Also, having these on your deck, balcony, or even window seal may attract monarchs and other butterflies.
The common milkweed, also often referred to as just milkweed, is a perennial and part of the Asclepiadaceae family. It is a wildflower that can be found throughout North America in dryer areas, specifically in the more central to eastern states and provinces of Canada and the USA.
A flowering plant, common milkweed can be confused with a vast number of similar milkweed species, including dogbane, which has similar oval-shaped leaves and heights. However, common milkweed can be identified by its hairy stem and white to fragrant pink flowers.
The common milkweed blooms throughout the summer months, creating easy-to-identify small 2-inch (5 cm) balls of tiny flowers.