Swamp milkweed is a member of the Asclepias family. Its botanical name is Asclepias incarnata.
Flowers are a nectar source for both butterflies and hummingbirds.
Attracts caterpillars (Monarch)
Erect and clump forming plant native to Missouri, USA commonly found in swampy areas, river-bottom lands and wet meadows throughout the State. Grows from 3 to 4 feet tall and produces fragrant pink to mauve flowers and very rarely white.3
Blooms normally display as a colour very similar to Baby pink and Light fuchsia pink and White. Leaves usually appear in Kelly green and Cadmium green
Swamp milkweed grows as a perennial and is a flower. Being a perennial plant, it tends to grow best over several years (approx 3 years and greater).
Swamp milkweed is known for its forb-like habit and growing to a height of approximately 60.96 cm (1.98 feet). This plant tends to bloom in mid summer.
Try planting Swamp milkweed if you'd like to attract butterflies and birds to your garden.
United States is believed to be where Swamp milkweed originates from.
Swamp milkweed is known to be toxic to humans and/or animals, so be careful where you position and how you handle this plant.
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A full sun / partial sun position will ensure your plant thrives and remember to water very often. Use Zone 3 - Zone 9 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant.
See our list of companion Plants for Swamp milkweed to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.
Germination is very slow and benefits from cold stratification. Plant seeds on a moist medium, lightly covered and keep cool and moist but not freezing for several months, then place in moderately warm place.
These estimates for how long Swamp milkweed takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.
Average 16 days | Min 5 days | Max 112 days (4)
Average 57 days | Min 57 days | Max 58 days (2)
Average 381 days | Min 381 days | Max 381 days (1)
Aesculapius is the Greek god of medicine due to milkweeds being historically used medicinally. Incarnata means flesh-colored.
Butterfly weed, Pink Milkweed
Misspellings: butterflyweed, milk weed,