Milkmaid Swamp Milkweed

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The Monarch Attraction: Milkmaid Swamp Milkweed

  • Creamy White Flowers
  • Vanilla Fragranced Flowers
  • Attracts The Beloved Monarch Butterfly
  • Clusters of Flowers
  • Long, Emerald Green Stems
  • Perennial
  • Blooms During Summer into Fall
  • Pretty Yellow Fall Color
  • Attracts Bees and Hummingbirds
  • Amazing Alone or With Other Perennials

Is your yard missing a little life? Needing some texture? You've found your answer--The Milkmaid Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata 'Milkmaid'). This perennial will change your yard's appearance for the better!

The white flowers grow in clusters, creating a unique and gorgeous look. They smell of vanilla and are filled with nectar that attracts many butterflies, especially the Monarch. They stand out beautifully against the emerald green foliage.

Butterflies, Monarchs specifically, will feed on the nectar in the flowers and then lay its eggs on the plant.

The leaves are tapered and around 3-6 inches in length. They provide food for monarch caterpillars! They are a gorgeous green color and really stand out from grass.

The Milkmaid Swamp Milkweed can grow to 3-5 feet in height and can spread 2-3 feet. This is the perfect sized plant for any yard!

This gorgeous perennial is calling your name! Order your Milkmaid Swamp Milkweed today!

How to Use Milkmaid Swamp Milkweed in the Landscape

Plant the Milkmaid Swamp Milkweed in your property's meadow. Give your kitchen window a beautiful field to look out at. The mixture of white and green with fluttering butterflies will always be a treat.

This milkweed would also look gorgeous in perennial borders. They're tall enough to separate areas or gardens, but you'll still have full view!

If you're interested in pollinator gardens, this is the plant for you! Butterflies go crazy for the Milkmaid Swamp Milkweed. This will be a perfect addition to your pollinator garden! Along with butterflies, bees and hummingbirds enjoy this plant too.

Don't hesitate to plant these anywhere in your yard. They'll fill your yard with sweet fragrance and life--and look beautiful while doing it!

#ProPlantTips For Care

Plant your new perennial in a full sun location. They love the sun and the leaves look quite gorgeous and sparkle in the sunlight. They can tolerate quite a bit of shade too.

Provide your Milkmaid Swamp Milkweed with preferably well drained soil, but it is adaptable to most soil types. They can tolerate wet soils because they do need some good moisture!

We recommend watering regularly. It is important that this plant doesn't dry out too much! Do not allow drying out in between waterings.

Clean up dead leaves or shape to your desire in early spring before it starts actively growing again! However, pruning isn't required with the Milkmaid Swamp Milkweed.

Overall, the Milkmaid Swamp Milkweed is a simple perennial to take care of. There isn't much stress when growing this milkweed!

Go ahead and treat your yard to a beautiful, fragrant, butterfly attractor! Order the Milkmaid Swamp Milkweed today from Nature Hills!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Milkmaid Swamp Milkweed Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Asclepias incarnata 'Milkmaid'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 3 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Adaptable to Most Soils
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant Yes