Pink Milkweed

Upright, often multiple, semi-woody stems sprout from a tuber-like root.  The stems are lined with large, opposite, lance-shaped leaves and topped with multiple clusters of small flowers. The tiny flowers are pink to light purple colored with a complex arrangement of five reflexed petals and are followed by a ribbed seed pod full of wispy cotton-like fibers attached to seeds that are wind-dispersed. Plant is toxic if ingested raw. This species does well in wet margins of ponds and streams. Orange oleander aphids are inevitably attracted to this plant, but pose little threat unless the population swells to very large numbers. This has the beneficial effect of attracting ladybugs, which feed on these aphids as well as green aphids, which feed on many food crops. 

Scientific Name: Asclepias incarnata
Bloom Color: Violet, Pink
Bloom Time: May, June, July, August
Butterfly Host: Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus ); Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus)
Container Size: 3/4 gallon
Cultural Uses: N/A
Fall Foliage: No
Fruit: 4-5" long green seed pods that resemble okra. Pods turn brown and then split as they ripen.
Habit: Herb
Height: 2-5'
Light Needs: Part Shade (2-5 hrs. direct sun), Full Sun (5+ hrs. direct sun)
Square Feet Used: 2.25
Type Of Garden Ecotone: Other
Water Needs: Dry, Average

Price: $15.00

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