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Plant these for the Monarch Butterflies!
Soil: Hydric (Wet) to Mesic (Medium)
Height: 3-4 feet
Suggested Uses: View the full Monarch life cycle Swamp Milkweed! This is a great plant for a learning garden and flowers are lusciously fragrant! Great addition to a raingarden.
Native Range: Native throughout much of the U.S., especially New England and the Midwest. Native throughout the state of Minnesota.
Pollinators: An EXCELLENT pollinator plant. Monarchs lay their eggs exclusively on milkweed species (Asclepias). These are one of the main food sources for the larval stage of the Monarch butterfly. Also attracts bumblebees, honeybees, swallowtail butterflies, fritillaries, skippers, hummingbirds and so many more. An excellent plant for the federally endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis).
Flowers: The 1/4″ flowers have 5 recurved petals around a central crown. They grow in clusters 2-3″ wide.
Leaves: The narrow, lance-shaped, opposite leaves are 4″ long.
More Info: Only a few flowers become pollinated and form a seed pod.
Name: The name Asclepias is from the name of the Greek god of medicine, Asklepios, while incarnata means flesh colored in Latin.
Other Names: Red Milkweed
More information: USDA PLANT database profile