Also called Oval-leaved Milkweed
Botanical Name: Asclepias ovalifolia
Height: about 30 cm
Bloom: late spring to early summer.
Growing Conditions: Full sun. Lean, well-drained soil. Spreads by rhizomes, but is unable to compete against taller neighbours.
Wildlife benefits: Host plant for caterpillars of Monarch butterflies. Flowers are a good nectar source for many pollinating insects.
From Ottawa Valley or eastern Ontario sources: No. Seed came from Manitoba
Remarks: With fragrant flowers and oval leaves, Dwarf Milkweed is like a scaled-down version of Common Milkweed. If you have hesitated to introduce the tall and aggressively spreading Common Milkweed to your garden, this might be just the plant for you.
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