Don’t let the common name of Swamp milkweed deter you from adding this delight to your garden. One of our favorites here at Blue Stem, Asclepias incarnata produces gorgeous purple-pink flower heads, and the scent…reminscent of jasmine and vanilla.
Swamp milkweed, newly re-nicknamed as "Rose milkweed", has much thinner leaves than the other Asclepias, and the seed pods tend to take longer to dry out, allowing for some great winter interest.
This would be an excellent plant for an average to wet location, it would thrive around a pond or other water feature. It tolerates a wide range of soil conditions so consider this lovely plant for your project. This milkweed is a good choice for gardens as it doesn't spread as readily as Asclepias syriaca.
As with the other Asclepias, this is an important host plant for the Monarch caterpillar, and is a quality nectar source for butterflies and hummingbirds.
Source: grown from seed originally from Minnesota. Prairie Moon Nursery.
Asclepias incarnata (Swamp/rose milkweed)
SIZE AND POT INFORMATION:
More details coming in May
type: herbaceous perennial sun needs: full sun, part sun/part shade water needs: Moist to average soil height: 4' plant spacing: space 2' apart bloom time: June, July, August bloom color: purple, pink
good plant companions
Cardinal flower, Helianthus, New England aster
moderate salt tolerance. Some salt exposure should not be fatal to the plant but some leaf burning may still occur. deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof)