Red Milkweed

Asclepias incarnata

Red Milkweed is an exceptional plant for pollinators, attracting Hawk moths, Swallowtail butterflies, Fritillaries, Monarchs, skippers, bumble bees and numerous other nectar seekers - even an occasional hummingbird.  Easily grown in moist to wet soils …

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SKU
31230-03 / 11230
Plants 3" Pots
1-4 $5.99 ea.
5-10 $4.99 ea.
11-31 $3.99 ea.
32+ $2.99 ea.
Seeds 4,500 seeds/oz
1/4 Oz $12.00
1/2 Oz $18.00
Oz $30.00
Lb $450.00
Cultural Details
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil Moisture Moist, Wet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Height 3' - 5'
Bloom Color Pink, Red
Bloom Time June, July
Spacing 1' - 18"
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Root Type Fibrous
Benefits Birds, Butterflies, Pollinators, Hummingbirds, Host Plant
Seeds per Oz 4500
Propagation Treatment Moist Stratification
Days to Moist Stratify 10 days
Direct Sowing Time Spring, Early Summer, Fall

Red Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) is an exceptional plant for pollinators, attracting Hawk moths, Swallowtail butterflies, Fritillaries, Monarchs, skippers, bumble bees and numerous other nectar seekers - even an occasional hummingbird. Monarch butterflies lay their eggs exclusively on plants in the Asclepias genus, otherwise known as milkweeds. You're sure to see Monarch butterflies when you include milkweed plants in the garden.

Easily grown in moist to wet soils in full sun, this milkweed will thrive in average garden soil, as well. The 3-5 foot plant forms a stately clump with upright stems, long narrow leaves and clusters of fragrant pink flowers - followed by attractive seed pods for late season interest. The pods split open when ripe releasing their silky-haired seeds to the wind.

A beautiful addition to a sunny border garden, water feature, or butterfly garden, Red Milkweed is also excellent for naturalizing low, moist areas in the landscape such as ponds or drainage areas.

Other common names include Swamp Milkweed.