Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: low, medium
Soil Moisture: moist, wet
Soil Description: acid, neutral, rich, average, clay, sand
Bloom Time: June, July, August
Bloom Color: red, purple, pink, lilac
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, attracts hummingbirds, clumping, deer resistant, naturalizing, poisonous, pond margin plant, showy fruit, stream margin plant, swamp plant, wetland plant
Pricing & Availability
Asclepias incarnata ssp. pulchraAlso known as:
Asclepias incarnata var. neoscotica, Asclepias incarnata var. pulchra, Asclepias pulchra
Asclepias incarnata ssp. pulchra, is similar in most ways to A. incarnata. It has a smaller native range and is concentrated in the east-coast lowlands. It can be distinguished from A. incarnata by its broader leaves, bushier appearance, and deeper bloom color (though it can be highly variable). It is a striking, medium-tall plant with elongated leaves on branching stems. It has large terminal clusters of fragrant, deep-pink flowers. In fall, the plant bears 5" long, brown seed pods that will remain into winter.
Although typically a swamp plant, Asclepias incarnata ssp. pulchra can be grown in low lying areas of a garden where the soil remains consistently moist. It is tolerant of a wide variety of soils from well drained to mucky, and even heavy clay. Excellent around water features in full sun. It may bloom as early as June in the southern part of its range, and as late as August in the north. Zones 4-9
Easy to propagate from seed. The tap roots prefer to remain undisturbed, however, mature plants may be divided "carefully" in spring.
It is a larval host for the monarch and queen butterflies. Susceptible to aphids. An underutilized plant ideal for wetlands.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WV
|Species||Asclepias incarnata ssp. pulchra||swamp milkweed|