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Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

Host Plant: Monarch and Queen butterflies

Nectar Plant: many insects

Flower Color: Pink to almost white

Growth Habit: Herbaceous perennial plant that grows to 2-6 feet tall

Range in North America: Most of North America except very west and northwest

Exposure: Full sun to partial sun

Hardiness: Zones 3-8

Soil Requirements: moist soil

Pink Milkweed

Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), a member of the Apocynaceae (Dogbane Family), is a herbaceous perennial that has pink and whitish flowers that bloom in the late spring through to the fall.  The leaves have a toxic milky sap that makes the Monarch distasteful to predators.  More information about Swamp Milkweed can be found on this blog post.

Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

Monarch Butterfly on Goldenrod – ALAN SCHMIERER from southeast AZ, USA, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus)

Queen Butterfly -Insects Unlocked, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Swamp milkweed is often found in open wetlands such as wet meadows, swamps, and marshland.  It is native to most of North America except for the west coast.

The species name of this plant, “incarnata” is the Latin name for flesh-colored (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center).

Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) Links

Webpages

North Carolina Extension Gardener

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Missouri Botanical Garden

Videos

Growit Buildit

Richard Pearce — good synopsis of the plant and pollinators that use it

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