Asclepias speciosa (Apocynaceae)
A bold western species with hefty and slightly ruffled gray-green leaves. Extra-large pink-and-pale-purple flowers give the round bloom clusters a uniquely spiky appearance. Long bloom period occurs from late spring into summer, followed by horn-like pods that are wonderful in dried arrangements. A stocky plant from 2-4', but can get taller in ideal conditions. Plants prefer full sun and are adaptable to dry and rocky conditions. Resembles Common Milkweed, but is a bit more manageable in the garden.
Bloom period: mid-summer
Container size: Qt.