Rose Milkweed

Asclepias incarnata

A must-have for sunny, wildlife-friendly gardens! Showy, rose-pink flowers are sweetly scented, clustered above tall stems with lush leaves, blooming throughout summer. Interesting seed-pods often persist into winter. This North American native tolerates swampy, boggy conditions, and may naturalize in wetland settings. An herbaceous perennial.
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Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.


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Botanical Pronunciationas-KLE-pee-us in-kar-NAH-tuh
LoreThe milkweed family of North American plants is named Asclepias after Asklepios, the famous Greek God of Medicine, since the plants have long been used in herbal medicine. Asclepias incarnata is a favored host plant of monarchs and swallowtails.
Average Size at MaturityQuickly reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall, 1 to 3 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeMid to Late Summer
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Fragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPink
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Very Wet Areas, Water Garden, Cutting Garden, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureClump Forming, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Wet Soils, Fast Growing
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsBee Balm (Monarda); Daylily (Hemerocallis); Sedge (Carex); Turtlehead (Chelone); Japanese Iris (Iris ensata)

Thrives in average soils with consistent moisture, even boggy conditions and standing water. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. For a tidy appearance, remove old, faded foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9

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