Asclepias syriaca is a member of the Asclepiadaceae
subfamily of green plants.
It is a perennial plant. That means it dies back
to its roots in the fall.
The roots stay alive in the ground all
In the spring, the leafy plant grows again from its roots.
Canada south to Georgia. From the Atlantic coast west to Iowa. There are many
different species of Milkweed (Asclepias) found in North America.
Milkweed can grow over 5 feet tall. (150 cm or
The leaves are simple.
The leaves are lance
shaped - broad and flat. They can be 4 to 10 inches long.
The blade of the leaf may be up to 3 inches wide. The leaves grow
out from the stiff stem. They are medium green in color. The midrib
and veins are white. The leaves turn yellow in the fall before
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