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Purple Milkweed    

Asclepias purpurascens

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Purple Milkweed is part of the Asclepias genus. Its scientific name is Asclepias purpurascens.

Attracts butterflies (Swallowtails, Red Admirals, Hairstreaks, Fritilaries)
Attracts caterpillars (Monarch)

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Psychedelic purple and   Tyrian purple. Leaves appear approximately as a   Kelly green

Purple 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).

Purple Milkweed normally grows with a forb habit to a mature height of 91.44 cm (that's 2.97 feet imperial). This plant tends to bloom in mid summer.

Try planting Purple Milkweed if you'd like to attract butterflies and bees to your garden.

Purple Milkweed is known to be toxic to humans and/or animals, so be careful where you position and how you handle this plant.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Purple Milkweed have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Purple Milkweed

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

A full sun / partial sun position will ensure your plant thrives and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 3 - Zone 9 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant.

See our list of companion Plants for Purple Milkweed to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Purple Milkweed from seed

Transplanting Purple Milkweed

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Purple Milkweed Etymology

The botanical epithet is from the Latin purpurascens meaning “becoming purple”

Purple Milkweed Folklore & Trivia

During WWII the silky part attached to the seeds was used for life jackets.123 Milkweed is more bouyant then cork by 5 or 6 fold.123

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