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Swamp milkweed thrives in wet habitats such as marshes, floodplains, lakes, and ponds.

Swamp milkweed thrives in wet habitats such as marshes, floodplains, lakes, and ponds. USDA, NRCS. 2012. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 5 October 2012). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA. Typical inventory plug

Asclepias incarnata

Swamp milkweed

Asclepias incarnata, or swamp milkweed, gets its name because of its preferred habitat in wet areas, including flood plains, lakes, ponds, and marshes. A. incarnata has a taproot system with a crown producing one to six or more stems each growing season. It spreads slowly via seed. The plant tends to bloom twice in a growing season when planted in gardens.

The pink, cinnamon-like scented flowers of this plant are very attractive to butterflies. In addition, the leaves are a food source for the well-known monarch butterfly. The roots of this plant were also once used to make a tea, which when taken in small quantities, was believed to work as a general purge and to expel parasitic worms. 


Height:

4-5 ft

Spread:

2-3 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone:

3-8

Bloom Color:

Pink, Rose

Asclepias incarnata Characteristics

Exposure

  • Full Sun to Partial Shade

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant

Attracts Wildlife

  • Butterflies

Soil Moisture Preference

  • Wet to Moist

Attributes

  • Naturalizing
  • Fragrant
  • Clay Soil

Flowering Months

  • July
  • June

Foliage Color

  • Green

Interesting Notes:

For more information on this plant, visit the USDA PLANTS Database:http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ASIN