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  • Plant Description: Asclepias incarnata, commonly known as swamp milkweed, is a perennial herbaceous plant that typically grows to a height of 2 to 5 feet (60 to 150 centimeters). It features upright stems with lance-shaped leaves that are arranged oppositely along the stem. The plant produces clusters of small, fragrant, pink to mauve flowers in summer, which are attractive to pollinators.
  • Habitat and Distribution: Swamp milkweed is native to North America and can be found in wetland habitats such as marshes, swamps, wet meadows, and along stream banks. It is distributed across a broad range, including the eastern and central parts of the United States and southern Canada.
  • Ecological Importance: Asclepias incarnata is a crucial plant for supporting pollinators, particularly butterflies, bees, and other insects. The flowers provide a source of nectar for these pollinators, while the foliage serves as a host plant for the larvae of monarch butterflies and other milkweed butterflies. It plays a significant role in supporting their life cycle and conservation efforts.
  • Cultivation: Swamp milkweed is a popular choice for native plant gardens, pollinator gardens, and rain gardens. It prefers moist to wet soil conditions and can tolerate full sun to partial shade. The plant is adaptable and can thrive in a range of soil types, including clay and sandy soils. It is relatively low-maintenance and can be propagated through seeds or division.
  • Conservation Considerations: Asclepias incarnata is an important species for conservation efforts, especially for supporting monarch butterfly populations. Loss of habitat and the decline of milkweed plants have contributed to the decline in monarch butterfly numbers. By planting swamp milkweed and other native milkweed species, individuals can help provide essential resources for monarchs and other pollinators.
  • SPREAD 60-90 CM
  • HEIGHT 100-125 CM 

Care Instructions

Different plants have different watering needs. Check the soil moisture by inserting your finger about an inch into the soil. If it feels dry, water the plant until the water drains from the bottom of the pot. Avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot.

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