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Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


Asclepias sullivantii - Prairie Milkweed

Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range 

Asclepias sullivantii

Visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website to view the natural range of Prairie Milkweed.
Leaves of Asclepias sullivantii Milkweed
Leaves of Asclepias sullivantii Milkweed

Wildlife Significance 

Asclepias sullivantii

Nectar Source - For bees, wasps, flies, butterflies: swallowtails, Monarchs as well as fritillaries and Humming-birds.

Host Plant - For Monarch butterfly, and Milkweed Tussock Moth caterpillars.

Last year I had no idea what a Milkweed tussock moth was. This year (2012) I have been introduced to them first hand.

Deer - 
Are not fond of this plant

For more details on this plant visit the Illinois Wildflower website.
Close up of the Milkweed leaf that has been eaten
Nibbles on milkweed is a very good thing!
Seed Provenance -

Prairie Moon Nursery - Winona, MN - 2012 - Suzanne Rafferty Fairview Park, Ohio 2014

Flowers developing on Prairie Milkweed
Flowers developing on Prairie Milkweed

Cultivation Information

Height - 3 ft
Flower Color - Pink
Blooms - July - August
Sun - Full sun to light shade
Hardy Zone - 5 to 9

Family - Asclepiadaceae
Pod forming on Prairie Milkweed
Pod forming on Prairie Milkweed

Understanding Milkweed Plants

Milkweed a Conservation Practitioner Guide -
By - Brianna Borders & Eric Lee-Mäder

A Guide to the Milkweeds of Ohio - Natural Treasures oh Ohio - Blog
first year Asclepia sullivantii plants
Young Prairie Milkweed with Indian Blanket