Swamp Milkweed

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Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) is a herbaceous perennial plant native to North America. It is a member of the milkweed family (Apocynaceae) and is known for its showy pink to rose-purple flowers. Swamp milkweed is a valuable nectar source for butterflies and other pollinators, and it is an important food source for monarch butterfly caterpillars.

Swamp milkweed is a tall plant, typically growing 3 to 5 feet tall. It has erect stems with opposite, lance-shaped leaves. The flowers are borne in clusters at the top of the stems. Each flower has five petals and a central crown. The flowers are fragrant and bloom from mid-summer to early fall.

Swamp milkweed is a wetland plant and prefers moist, well-drained soils. It can be found in a variety of habitats, including swamps, marshes, meadows, and stream banks. Swamp milkweed is a relatively easy plant to grow and is tolerant of a wide range of conditions.


Swamp Milkweed
Asclepias incarnata
Swamp Milkweed

Swamp milkweed is a herbaceous perennial plant that is native to North America. It is a member of the milkweed family, Apocynaceae. Swamp milkweed grows in wet areas, such as swamps, marshes, and bogs. It can grow up to 6 feet tall. The leaves are lance-shaped and oppositely arranged. The flowers are pink to rose-purple and are borne in clusters. Swamp milkweed is a host plant for monarch butterflies.

Here is a list of the states where Asclepias incarnata is native:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming



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