• Asclepias incarnata - Swamp Milkweed


    "Swamp milkweed is an herbaceous perennial in the Apocynaceae (dogbane) family. Apocynum is the Greek term for “dog-away”. It is native to central and eastern United States and tends to grow in wet sites along streams, ponds, or bogs. 

    "Plant swamp milkweed in full sun to partial shade in soils with neutral to acidic pH. It is native to wet sites but adapts to drier sites in moist clay or loam soils. 

    "The attractive pink to rose-purple flowers mature in mid-spring and last into early fall. The seed pods split open to release seeds that float on the wind. Milkweed is an important food source for Monarch butterfly caterpillars and the flowers are visited by many pollinators. 

    "Use as an accent or border in a meadow, native, or pollinator garden. It will be at home in a naturalized area or along a pond or stream where it can grow up to 5 feet tall and spread 2 to 3 feet wide." (North Carolina Extension)

    Baltimore checkerspot (Euphydryas phaeton) on Asclepias incarnata.

    1. "Asclepias incarnata, flower. C & O Canal Park, Montgomery co., MD. (6/05/12)" by FritzFlohrReynolds is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
    North Carolina Extension:  Asclepias Incarnata (Marsh Milkweed, Swamp Butterfly Weed, Swamp Milkweed) | North Carolina Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox. https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/asclepias-incarnata/. Accessed 14 Feb. 2022.

    Butterfly: "Baltimore Checkerspot (Euphydryas phaeton) on Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)" by wackybadger is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

    Type: Herbaceous perennial
    Family: Apocynaceae
    Native Range: Northeastern and southeastern United States
    Zone: 3 to 6
    Height: 4.00 to 5.00 feet
    Spread: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
    Bloom Time: July to August
    Bloom Description: White, pink, mauve
    Sun: Full sun
    Water: Medium to wet
    Maintenance: Low
    Suggested Use: Naturalize, Rain Garden
    Flower: Showy, Fragrant
    Attracts: Butterflies
    Tolerate: Deer, Clay Soil, Wet Soil