Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


 Asclepias purpurascens - Purple Milkweed


Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range

The United State Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Concervation Service has a wonderful map showing the natural range of Purple Milkweed.
Purple Milkweed seed pod open
Purple Milkweed Escaping

Wildlife Significance

Nectar Source - For long-tongued bees, skipper, moths, butterflies:Spicebush Swallowtail, Eastern Black Swallowtails, Eastern Tiger Swallowtails, Clouded Sulphurs, Spring Azure, Great Spangled Fritillary, Eastern Tailed Blue.

Host Plant - Monarch butterflies, Milkweed tussock moth, Milkweed Tiger Moth and Queen Butterfly caterpillars.

For more details on this plant visit the Illinois Wildflower site

newly formed flowers on Purple Milkweed
Spring 2012
Purple Milkweed sweed pod
Note the Distinctive Curlicue
Seed Provenance - Prairie Moon Nursery - Winona, MN 2010 - 2012 - NOG - 2012 - present

Asclepias purpurascens flower
Purple milkweed

Cultivation Information

Flower Color - Rose Purple
Blooms - June - July
Sun - Sun to part sun
Hardy Zone - 3 to 9
Soil - Moist to dry

Family - Asclepidaceae

Pronounced - ass- KLEP - ee-ass

Purple Milkweed seeds
Our Purple Milkweed Seeds
Purple Milkweed Pods
After three years our own Purple Milkweed seeds

Understanding Milkweed Plants

Milkweed a Conservation Practitioner Guide -
By - Brianna Borders & Eric Lee-Mäder

A Guide to the Milkweeds of Ohio - Natural Treasures oh Ohio - Blog

Propagation Notes - Stratifying Seeds 2013

January 4, 2013
- Seeds placed in Cold Moist Storage  

Fall 2012 - Seeds Collected at Nodding Onion Gardens

Supplies Needed For Seed Stratification -

1. Zip lock plastic bag

2. Few table spoons of Vermiculite

3. Dampen vermiculite - not soggy

4. Store in refrigerator for 30 days