Asclepias incarnata
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Hardiness Zone: 3-6 Height: 1.2-1.5 metres; 4-5 feet Spread: 0.6-0.9 metres; 2-3 feet Sun: Full sun Water: medium to wet Wildlife: Attracts butterflies Bloom Colour: Pink, mauve Tolerates: Deer, clay soil, wet soil Culture: Easily grown in medium to wet soils in full sun. Plants have deep taproots and are best left undisturbed once established. Foliage is slow to emerge in spring. Noteworthy Characteristics: Swamp milkweed is an erect, clump-forming plant with small, fragrant, pink to mauve flowers followed by attractive seed pods which split open when ripe, releasing silky-haired seeds easily carried by the wind. Flowers are very attractive to butterflies as a nectar source. In addition, swamp milkweed is an important food source for the larval stage of Monarch butterflies. Garden Uses: Bog garden, sunny borders, stream/pond banks, butterfly gardens. A good plant for low, moist areas in the landscape.