Dwarf Milkweed

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.

Similar species: Swamp Milkweed, Butterfly Milkweed, Whorled Milkweed

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