Marsh Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
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
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- there are always exceptions).