Sweetly-scented spherical clusters of purplish burgundy flowers bloom in early summer. Grows naturally in open woodlands and between roadsides and woodlands. Similar to common milkweed in flower and leaf shape, but more compact and colorful. Not a spreader.Butterfly relationship: Monarch larvae feed on foliage. Adult butterflies and other insects are attracted to nectar.Part of our Monarch Cafe plant tag series.
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