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Asclepias incarnata var. pulchra

Eastern Swamp Milkweed

Scientific Name:

Asclepias incarnata var. pulchra

Genus:

Asclepias

Species Epithet:

incarnata var. pulchra

Common Name:

Eastern Swamp Milkweed

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Apocynaceae (Dogbane Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Pink, Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

July, August, September

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Marshes, bogs, swamps. Common throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure, G_T_: Subspecies or Variety Rank (add status to NOTES section) (*Key)

Notes:

NatureServe global rank G5T5.

In the wild, Asclepias incarnata, Swamp Milkweed, prefers wetter areas. Bright pink blossoms and pale green foliage are handsome.

This photo is from Little Glade Mill Pond along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Will Stuart

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NC Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox: https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/asclepias-incarnata/

Go Botany: https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/asclepias/incarnata/

Vascular Plants of NC: https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

700 Bird-friendly Plants for NC: https://nc.audubon.org/700



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