Swamp Milkweed

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Beautiful Butterfly Magnet with Multiple Uses

Swamp Milkweed is an attractive, herbaceous perennial that has extensive uses.  This plant would be perfect for your butterfly garden or those difficult, low spots in your yard (as it thrives in moist conditions).

Your Swamp Milkweed takes its time leafing out in spring, but once it gets going the 6-inch, lance-leaf foliage will fill out your plant nicely, creating a lively addition to your garden. 

You’ll love the 5-peteled, 1/4-inch flowers that form in clusters each summer.  Their delightfully pink color and enchanting fragrance is sure to present a compelling draw for your yard’s pollinators. 

If you love butterflies, it’s a great way to attract them, and Monarchs are especially fond of milkweed.  In fact, it is often planted specifically to encourage Monarchs in a region.

After the flowers have faded, your Swamp Milkweed will form what is often considered a favorite asset of the plant.  Unique 4-inch pods follow the flowers, filled with silky white “hair” that casually floats on the wind, carrying the seeds to their new destinations. 

The pods are a favorite of young and old alike, with an amazing variety of uses.  In its various stages, pods are used as a nematode insecticide, as an adhesive, poison ivy treatment, crafts and even as a food.  The list goes on and on for this truly amazing plant.

Like its name implies, Swamp Milkweeds love moist, swampy conditions, but will also adapt to well-drained areas.  It’s an erect, branching plant that will reach about 5 feet in height with a 3 foot spread. 

There are no significant insect or disease issues with the Swamp Milkweed and it naturalizes readily.  A truly unique plant that is not only lovely but has a variety of uses, the Swamp Milkweed is a must have for your garden today.

* Summer flowers
* Attracts butterflies
* Extensive uses
* Loves moist soil


Swamp Milkweed Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Asclepias incarnata
Foliage Green
Mature Height 4 - 5 Feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 Feet
Soil Type Moist
Moisture Moderate to High
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Pink