Scientific Name Pronounciation:
Plant Hardiness Zones:
Plant Hardiness Zone(s):
2-3 ft. H X 1-1.5 ft. W
The flower consists of 4 petals hanging downward and a crown of 5 incurved horns; white with purple center; borne in an upright, rounded cluster.
Bloom Time Notes:
Ovate; pointed at both ends.
Capsule, an elongate pointed pod containing flattened seeds with silk parachutes
A host plant for the monarch butterfly which lays eggs on the leaves; flowers are popular with pollinators like bees and butterflies.
Dry or rocky woods; sandy open ground; ravine bottoms; low woods; slopes; ridges; roadsides.
Sun or Shade:
Partial shade to sun; average, well-drained soil; requires no care once established. Has thick, white sap which can be irritating to some people and is toxic if ingested.
Other Common Names: Redring milkweed, white woods milkweed