- Hardiness Zone: 3-9
- Mature Height: 2-3' tall
- Mature Width: 1-2' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Spacing: 1-2' apart
- May Benefit & Attract: Warblers, wrens, thrushes, orioles, vireos, quail, and pheasants
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
- This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
Why the Audubon® Common Milkweed?
Common Milkweed is King when it comes to supporting butterflies. Its large leaves satisfy scores of hungry monarch caterpillars each season, and its fragrant flowers feed adult butterflies of many types. But what you may not realize is that Common Milkweed serves birds, too! It has been estimated that around 450 insect species in all feed on Common Milkweed. Insectivorous birds can surely find something there to their liking! Bug-eaters like warblers, wrens, thrushes, orioles, and vireos may stop by for a bite. In rural areas, quail and pheasants may forage among Milkweed plants.
Milkweed was a hero in World War II. When Japan occupied the Indonesian island of Java, the Allies lost their access to tropical Kapok Trees, which provided the buoyant stuffing for life preservers. Resourceful engineers looked to the Common Milkweed and the Swamp Milkweed instead, which produce little silky floss parachutes to carry their seeds through the air. The floss served as an excellent substitute for Kapok fibers, and American schoolchildren were recruited to gather Milkweed pods for the war effort. It is estimated that 11 million pounds of Milkweed were gathered for the troops!
How to use in the landscape?
In fall, fat Milkweed seedpods split open to release their silky parachutes. Some birds find those soft fibers to be perfect for lining their nests. You can harvest some of the pods and store them over the winter in a dry place. Put them outside again in spring when birds are nesting, and watch them get grabbed up!
Why Bower & Branch?
We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower
Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.
What is the definition of Native?
“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society
Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.
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Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Mature Height: 2-3' tall
Mature Width: 1-2' wide
Exposure: Full Sun
Spacing: 1-2' apart
How To Plant
Native pretty much everywhere east of the Rockies in both the U.S. and Canada, Common Milkweed is adaptable and easy to grow. Plant it in full sun in any type of soil—sandy or clayey, wet or dry. Just be sure to water it well the first year while it is getting established. Common Milkweed will spread a bit, popping up here and there. Plan for this, and put it where it can roam (don’t plant it in the middle of a formal border). Cut back the spent stems in late fall or early spring, whichever you prefer.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
Hardiness Zone: 3-9