(Asclepias incarnata var. ‘Swamp’)
Swamp Milkweed is a native clump forming perennial flower that is commonly found growing in wet areas such as swamps and river edges throughout most of the United States. At maturity, this plant reaches the height of 3-4' and features branching stems, 3-6” lance-shaped green leaves, and aromatic clusters of tiny pink flowers. This plant can be grown in a container, attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, resistant to deer, tolerates drought, is used to make cordage and fabric, self sows, is both edible and medicinal, and is great as a cut flower!
Variety: Swamp Milkweed
Also Known As: Rose Milkweed, Red Milkweed, Swamp Silkweed, White Indian Hemp.
Native to: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Manitoba, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Prince Edward I., Québec, Rhode I., South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
Ease of Growing: Easy
Grown as: Perennial
Maturity (Blooms): Jun-Oct.
Light: Full Sun
Soil Moisture: Medium
Attracts Beneficial Insects?: Yes. attracts buckeyes, bumblebees, eastern tiger swallowtails, fritillaries, giant swallowtails, hairstreaks, honey bees, hummingbird moths, hummingbirds, skippers, spicebush swallowtails and more! Monarch and Queen butterflies lay eggs on this plant and the resulting larvae (caterpillars) use the plant leaves as a food source. Also resists deer.
USDA Zone: 2-11
Produces: branching stems, 3-6” lance-shaped green leaves, and aromatic clusters of tiny pink flowers.
Toxicity: This Milkweed is a neurotoxic species, which may cause neurologic signs, including weakness, ataxia, muscle tremors, recumbency, and tetanic seizures to grazing livestock. Consider wearing gloves when working with these plants because the milky sap is poisonous if ingested and can be toxic to human skin.
Young shoots - cooked. An asparagus substitute. Tips of older shoots are cooked like spinach.
Young seed pods, harvested when 1 - 1 1/2" long - cooked. A pea-like flavor, they are very appetizing.
The flower clusters can be boiled down to make a sugary syrup.