Asclepias speciosa has a similar appearance to Common Milkweed, but its pinkish-purple flowers have longer, tapered petals that are covered with fine hairs. These persistent, fragrant blooms are often described as looking like small crowns. Showy milkweed may be better suited in garden settings because it spreads less aggressively than Common Milkweed. Showy Milkweed is common through its native range which extends mostly west of the Mississippi River. In its native range, it can be found in prairies, savannas, and other open spaces. It does not tolerate shade, but can handle most soil types.