Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed) is a host for Monarch and Swallowtail butterflies. It attracts honeybees and various other butterflies for nectar. Produces pink-rose colored blooms that appear in mid-late summer. Deer resistant; performs well in moist to average soils.
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A addendum to my review just to give you an idea of what to expect: May 17th in my zone 6 Northern KY garden “Cinderella” is already thigh high with many canes already showing well formed buds. Just in time for the early Monarchs arriving. This is the 1st warm mid 70°s day after several chilly ones with lows in the 40°s and my plants have really taken off. What I will now ever refer to as Emily’s Incarnata is finally making a respectable showing. I’m excited to see a nice leafy shoot about 3” tall and at least 9 more peeking up from 1. And about a Dozen little canes already coming up from the other! <3 Only their 2’d year here and I’m going to happily move some of the fringed loosestrife so I’ll have plenty of room to see the many eggs and caterpillars I expect all year, especially during the Fall migration.
This is worth telling my story for: By the end of September '17 milkweeds in my young pollinator garden were in steep decline or spent. Yet Monarch mommas kept laying on the almost bare fungus ridden plants and I still had caterpillars inside to raise. "Cinderella" A. incarnata is carried locally but were long gone. In desperation I called Emily! She immediately sent 2 of these healthy Incarnata and 4 lovely Aquatic A. perennis that nourished my charges until they could head to Mexico. She is literally a lifesaver and I will always be grateful. The following April Cinderella came up strong but there was no sign of these. As the weeks went by I felt even if the A. incarnata from FL couldn’t survive my long Winter in the icy bog they’d been well worth it. Imagine my delight when thick lush branching canes shot up to over 6’ and stayed growing and covered with blooms until a hard sleeting rain finally froze them over! These plants are sturdier and last much longer than the cultivator Even A. syriaca from my local genotype is worn out before they’ve dropped many bottom leaves It seems the butterflies are more numerous and still coming through here later each year. Despite a cold wet end to the season I didn’t tag my last butterflies for https://monarchwatch.org/ 11/4/18 The caterpillars had grown up on those 2 Incarnata and wouldn’t have survived without them.
I love that I can plant such a beautiful, strong plant in the shade. I live near a creek, and these plants did just fine, even through the hurricane. I was surprised that they grew over 6 feet tall. The first year, I could tell that they had been enjoyed by monarchs. The pink flowers are really pretty too.
Plant looked healthy. Had good root system. Had to wait to plant because of Hurricaine. Developed some aphids which were not on it when it arrived as far as I could tell. Hopefully will do well.
I ordered 2 of these to help establish my butterfly garden. They came very carefully packed, and looked a little thirsty but came right back after planting and watering. They are looking better every day!
My order was shipped promptly, the plants were carefully packaged with a strong root system and healthy plants. I planted them the day they arrived and they are both doing well. I plan to be a repeat customer.