Milkweed – Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) Rose Milkweed Rose Milkflower Swamp Silkweed Flower
Swamp Milkweed is Monarch food. Milkweed is not only a food source for Monarch’s but they are also a host plant for monarch eggs that are laid on the underside of the leaves. The larvae feed on the leaves after hatching, but cause no permanent damage to the plant.
- Milkweed is a thick stemmed perennial that may be slow to start but will reward your patience with purple flowers that bloom from summer to fall; it also provides a habitat for traveling Monarch butterflies who will still enjoy even if it doesn’t flower the first year.
- Prefers a moist environment; great plant for wet meadows or rain gardens. Allow the Monarch butterfly larvae to munch all the leaves they want and watch them pupate.
- Milkweed seed can be planted directly in soil, or started indoors. You can sow milkweed seeds by scattering them on the soil surface ¼ - 1/2 inch apart, and then cover them with about 1/4 inch of additional soil. Water the area frequently after planting until plants become established.
- Easy from seed with winter-sowing. Won't reliably re-seed in one area, since the fluffy seed heads travel long distances in the wind.
- Extremely hardy.
- Attracts butterflies (especially monarch butterflies) and hummingbirds
- Seed Count: 1/4 gr