Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Swamp/Marsh Milkweed

Asclepias incarnata
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Wetland, Stream Edge
Season of Interest:
Main Color: Pink / Rose, White
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Butterfly / Moth Host, Butterfly / Moth Nectar
Animal
Resistance
Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant
Size

Height:

36 to
60
inches

Spread:

24 to
36
inches
Size
Height: 36 to
60
inches
Spread: 24 to
36
inches
Size
Height: 36 to
60
inches
Spread: 24 to
36
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Use in perennial borders and along pond and stream banks. Good for butterfly gardens.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grows easily in full sun to light shade and average to moist soil.
Special Features
Special Usage
Rainscaping, Fragrant
Basic Description

Sweetly scented clusters of rose-pink flowers bloom in summer. Butterflies find the faint vanilla fragrance irresistible, and monarch larvae feed on the foliage. Grows naturally in swamps and wet meadows but also grows well in the garden.Part of our Monarch Cafe plant tag series.

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