Asclepias incarnata

Swamp Milkweed, Asclepias incarnata is the life-giving plant for Monarchs — it is their sole host plant.  The female lays her eggs on it, the caterpillars feed on it and it also serves as a nectar plant for the Monarch and many other pollinators.  It prefers moisture-retentive damp soils in full sun or partial shade.  It is typically found growing wild near the edges of ponds, lakes, streams, and low areas, or along ditches. The perfect pollinator plant for your garden.

The plant has specialized roots which function in heavy, wet soils.  The scented, thick, white roots are in environments low in oxygen.  Swamp Milkweed is well behaved in the garden and is not invasive as some other species of milkweed are.  After touching the plant be sure to wash your hands as they contain Cardiac glycosides. The plant grows easily from seed.  Just be sure to get seeds without Neonics. What are Neonics?

SPECS: Native Name: Algonquin; Genus: Asclepias; Species: incarnata ; Plant Type: Wildflower; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun; Soil Moisture: Wet, Medium Wet, Mesic (middle); Height: 3′ — 4′; Spread: 2′; Plant Spacing: 2′ — 3′; Bloom Time: July — September; Bloom Color: Mauve, Pink, Red, Violet; USDA Zone: 3 — 6; Attracts: Beneficial insects, Butterflies, Honey bees, Hummingbirds, Monarchs; Tolerant: Deer, Drought, Flooding; Plant Community: Goes well with Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), Swamp sunflower, narrow leaved sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius), Grows well with Mistflower, hardy ageratum (Eupatorium coelestinum), New England aster (Aster novae-angliae), New York aster (Aster novi-belgii) & Lurid sedge (Carex lurida).;