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Milkweed is a perennial flowering plant belonging to the family of Apocynaceae. This plant is commonly found in North and South America. It is named so due to the presence of a milky substance containing cardenolides. This species of flowering plant is also popular for its cultivation as ornamentals. Along with this, Milkweed act as a host for some species that feed upon them including Monarch butterflies.
Milkweed can grow up to 1.75m in height in suitable conditions. This plant is usually found near the water resources such as along rivers and streams. The oval-shaped leaves are grey-green in shade and can grow 8-12 cm long. The plant carries a cluster of star-shaped flowers that are usually pink to purplish in color. As the plant grows, it develops pods of small seeds accompanying silk attachments. The garden blooms with flowers in late spring to early fall.
Milkweed grows well in well-drained soil. It is tolerant to infertile soil, and dry and rocky conditions. The plant performs best in full sunlight. It is good to grow this plant in an area that receives six to eight hours of sunlight per day. Although this plant is tolerant to a wide range of temperatures, it will not do well in extreme heat or humidity.
Milkweed does not require water most often. It is enough to water the plant twice a week to grow well. In the driest condition, it is good to water once a day. As the plant does not require regular watering, wait until the top inch of the soil becomes dry before watering it again. It is also important to note that overwatering can harm the plant resulting in a lethal fungus. The plant does not require any extra care. There is no need to feed the common milkweed plant as the plant can tolerate poor soil conditions also.
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