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Asclepias incarnata

Asclepias incarnata

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Slender, willow-like leaves are a major food source for Monarch butterfly caterpillars. Adult butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds adore the vanilla-scented, rose colored blooms which adorn the plant from mid to late summer.

Swamp Milkweed grows best in moist to wet areas, but will tolerate average garden soil. Plants spread slowly and are not aggressive like many other milkweed species. Deer and rabbit resistant.

Zones: 3 to 6

Family: Apocynaceae

Type: Perennial

Height: 36 to 48 in.

Width: 24 to 36

Exposure: Full Sun

Soil Conditions: Medium to Wet

Bloom Time: July to August

Bloom Color: Pink

Native Range: northeastern and southeastern United States

Image Credits:

Image 1 (blooms) Cephas, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Image 2 (Monarch butterfly) R. A. Nonenmacher, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Image 3 (Monarch caterpillar) Andrew C, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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