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A.k.a. swamp milkweed and rose milkweed. A mid-sized, showier milkweed that is a perfect landscaping alternative to common milkweed! Has attractive foliage, oftentimes pink or red stems, and pink flowers favored by many pollinators. Hosts monarch butterflies! Tolerates seasonal flooding. Often has a taproot- transplant when young, with caution.

Light: Full Sun

Soil Moisture: Wet, Wet Mesic, Mesic

Soil Type: Clay, Loam, Silt

Height: 3'-4'

Bloom Color: Pink

Bloom Time: Jul-Aug

Root Type: Taproot, Fibrous

Notable Wildlife Interactions: Flowers attract a wide variety of pollinators including bees, wasps, flies, butterflies, skippers, and occasionally humming birds. Hosts monarch butterflies, milkweed bugs, milkweed leaf beetles, and the yellow milkweed aphid. Generally avoided by mammalian herbivores (except for one rabbit in the author’s yard with a preference for seedlings).

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