Botanical Name: Asclepias incarnata
Common Name: Swamp Milkweed
We all need to plant more native milkweed in our gardens to help save the monarchs. Yes, some native milkweeds can be difficult to grow, but they’re worth the effort. I don’t have a problem having a mix of the native and tropical milkweeds in our gardens. Click on the plant name to see the other milkweeds R&G has for sale: Tropical Milkweed, Giant Milkweed, Asclepias perennis, Whorled Milkweed, and Asclepias tuberosa.
Swamp milkweed is a perennial with beautiful pink flowers. It grows 2-4′ tall in a sun to part sun area, and likes a moist/wet area … hence the name “swamp” milkweed. This is not a drought tolerant plant. It would be perfect in that moist area by the gutter drain, a low lying area, rain garden, by a pond, or you could even make your own bog garden. If you’re diligent about making sure it gets water during the non-rainy season, then you can grow it in your garden. “Moist” doesn’t mean sopping wet at all times. Its native growing areas are open seepage areas and marshes. As with all milkweeds, it will reseed itself nicely if the seed pods are left on the plant to do their thing.
It’s a host plant to these butterflies: Monarch, Danaus pleippus; Queen, Danaus gilippus, and Soldier, Danaus eresimus, and it’s also a nectar plant lots of nectar loving critters.
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