Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Purple Milkweed

Asclepias purpurascens
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Savanna / Woodland
Season of Interest:
Main Color: Purple
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Butterfly / Moth Host, Butterfly / Moth Nectar
Animal
Resistance
Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant
Size

Height:

30 to
48
inches

Spread:

18 to
24
inches
Size
Height: 30 to
48
inches
Spread: 18 to
24
inches
Size
Height: 30 to
48
inches
Spread: 18 to
24
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Use in sunny habitat gardens for butterflies and bees, or naturalize in prairie and savanna plantings.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Use in dry to average soil.
Special Features
Special Usage
Basic Description

Sweetly-scented spherical clusters of purplish burgundy flowers bloom in early summer. Grows naturally in open woodlands and between roadsides and woodlands. Similar to common milkweed in flower and leaf shape, but more compact and colorful. Not a spreader.Butterfly relationship: Monarch larvae feed on foliage. Adult butterflies and other insects are attracted to nectar.Part of our Monarch Cafe plant tag series.

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