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Asclepias incarnata – Swamp Milkweed


Swamp Milkweed occurs throughout most of the United States. It is a tall plant found in moist habitats such as wet meadows, floodplains, riverbanks, pond shores, stream banks, wet woods, swamps, and marshes, although it will also grow in drier areas such as prairies, fields, and roadsides. Swamp milkweed needs full sun or partial shade to flourish. Flowers are fragrant and very attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies and bees as a nectar source. Swamp milkweed is also an important food source for the larval stage of Monarch butterflies. The plants are deer resistant and heat tolerant. Also known as Rose Milkweed, Red Milkweed, and Marsh Milkweed.

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Asclepias incarnata Swamp Milkweed, is one of the best milkweeds for butterfly gardens because of its non-invasive nature and ability to feed both monarch caterpillars and butterflies. This milkweed is also commonly known as Rose Milkweed, Red Milkweed, and Marsh Milkweed.

Swamp Milkweed is characterized by its lovely vanilla fragrance and beautiful rosy flower clusters that are attractive to a wide variety of butterflies and insects.

Milkweed (Asclepias spp.) is of vital importance and critical to the survival of the Monarch butterfly as the larvae only eat milkweed. Females will search for fresh tender leaves on which to lay their eggs. With habitat loss and the use of pesticides it is has become increasingly difficult for Monarchs to find Asclepias during their spring migration and throughout the summer breeding season, particularly in the Midwest prairies where it once grew in abundance.

All of our plants are grown without the use of harmful pesticides and are safe for developing larvae.

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Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 4 × 4 × 4 in


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