Asclepias purpurascens – Purple Milkweed
Asclepias purpurascens – Purple Milkweed is uncommon with many butterfly gardeners but it is a great alternative due to its non-invasive habit. Similar in appearance to Common Milkweed, the flowers are a rich red-purple and typically bloom in late spring and early summer. The flowers attract a wide variety of nectar seeking insects.
Plant Asclepias purpurascens in a site that is well drained but has ample moisture. It enjoys a bit of shade but will do well in full sun if it gets deep, regular watering.
Purple Milkweed will not spread aggressively like the Common Milkweed does. The seed pods are smooth and a little more slender than those of Common Milkweed which has plump pods with a prickly surface.
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.