Asclepias incarnata Milkmaid, commonly known as Butterfly Milkweed or Swamp Milkweed, is wildly popular for plants-folk who love attracting wildlife to their garden plots. A super pollinator favorite, Asclepias is a vital staple food source of nectar and pollen for butterflies, specifically the beloved Monarch. Vertical, well bushed plants grow to 32" - 36" inches tall with sturdy stems that produce a canopy of vanilla scented, clustered flower umbels comprised of hundreds of tiny micro blooms in a luminous creamy white color from mid-summer to early fall. Plants provide both a food source for the butterflies and a habitat for hungry growing caterpillars. Well suited for Zones 3 to 9, this perennial favorite is a low maintenance, hassle free keeper. Tolerates wet conditions and prefers full sun. Regularly deadheading spent blooms will spur on new growth and keep flower blooms coming in about a month.
An excellent cut flower, Milkmaid has exceptional vase life when the stems are seared to stop the milky sap from leaking out to avoid polluting the vase water. The seed pods make for interesting textural bits for flower arrangements as well. Considered to be non-invasive, Asclepias Milkmaid can be field grown or container planted for small patio gardeners who want to attract friendly pollinators. Self sows freely and will naturalize in meadows and open fields. Packet: 50 seeds.
Caution: Gloves and protective clothing recommended when handling this plant as its milky sap may cause skin irritation in sensitive individuals. Please exercise caution when harvesting, handling, trimming, or composting. Purchasers accept all liability for proper handling of this item.