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Description

Common Name: Swamp Milkweed

A virtually hassle-free perennial, offering three months of vanilla scented, rose pink flowers in large, compact clusters from midsummer to early fall. Deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects.

Gather bouquets of Asclepias all summer long; the long stems are wonderful for cutting and are long-lasting. Sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out.

Following the fabulous flowers, typical milkweed seed pods develop which rupture to reveal seeds with long, silvery-white, silky hairs. These are great to use in dried flower arrangements.

This species grows in loose clumps by means of slowly creeping rhizomes. It is not invasive and can be safely mixed in with other perennials in the border. Ascelpias incarnata is native to North America.

Height:

3.0-5.0 Feet

Spread:

1.0-3.0 Feet

Hardiness Zones:

3,4,5,6,7,8,9

Flower Color:

Pink shades

Foliage Color:

Green shades

Sunlight:

Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun)

Water Requirements:

Average Water NeedsConsistent Water Needs

Soil Quality:

Poor Soil QualityAverage Soil QualityFertile Soil Quality

Soil Chemistry:

Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)

Bloomtime:

MidsummerLate SummerEarly Fall

Attracts Wings:

Attracts ButterfliesAttracts HummingbirdsBee Friendly

Critter Resistant:

Deer Resistant

Seasonal Interest:

Dried Seed Heads

Growth Rate:

Medium

Garden Style:

CottageEclecticRain GardenWater Garden

Other Features:

Bog PlantBorder PlantCut FlowerDried FlowerFragrant FlowersMass Planting

Origin:

Native to North America

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