Asclepias incarnata

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Swamp Milkweed

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

This strong stemmed, upright native exhibits early to mid summer blooms of reddish pink flowers.
Leaves and seed pods are long and narrow. Despite its common name, it is tolerant of dry, clay soils.
Good choice for sunny, low or moist areas that dry. A great border for a butterfly garden. It has a very long bloom time.

Height

4-5 Feet

Spread

3-4 Feet

Color

Pink/Red

Bloom Time

June-july

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Cut back in late summer if plant looks unattractive. Butterfly Weed is a native plant with a long taproot that is late to emerge in the spring. Sear stems to seal the sap to use as cut flowers.

When to Divide

spring

Good Companions

Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium maculatum), Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis), Coneflower (Echinacea Big Sky), Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum superbum), Bluebells of Scotland (Campanula rotundifolia), Side-Oats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula), Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata), Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro), Tussock Sedge (Carex stricta), Gray's Sedge (Carex grayi)

Characteristics & Attributes

Attracts Wildlife
Hummingbirds
Butterflies
Attributes & Uses
Cut Flowers
Crafts
Fragrant
Critter Resistance
Rabbit Resistant
Deer Resistant
Exposure
Full Sun
Foliage Color
Green
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Summer
Soil Moisture Preference
Very Adaptable
Moist
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