Asclepias Species, Mead's Milkweed

Asclepias meadii

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Asclepias (ass-KLE-pee-us) (Info)
Species: meadii



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Helena, Montana

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 28, 2012, MTVineman from Helena, MT (Zone 5a) wrote:

Fairly sure this is one of the many Milkweeds I have. This one came to me via a friend in Minnesota who found it in the glacial moraine prairies of Minnesota in Pope County. I don't think he knew it was an endangered species so apologies for that although he said there was a lot of it growing around the area. I have it in a wet spot in my garden and it loves it there. It likes to get flooded at times. It certainly does not mind standing in water. Mine is going to bloom for the first time this year so I think I'll finally be able to identify it for sure. It seems to be this one but then again, there are a lot of Asclepias sp. I have to also consider where it was found. On native midwestern prairie that has never seen a plow or ever been messed with. I hope the deer don't decide to come alon... read more


On Jul 15, 2007, Magpye from NW Qtr, AR (Zone 6a) wrote:

Text taken from ...
North American Species of Asclepias, by R.E. Woodson Jr., 1954.

Stems: rather slender, simple

Leaves: opposite, 5-7cm long, 1-5cm wide

Flowers: Inflorescences solitary and terminal, flowers rather large, greenish cream tinged with purple, blooming from May to June

Habitat: Dry upland prairies and chert-lime glades, very scattered and rare

Distribution: s WI and n IL westward to MO and e KS