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Asclepias incarnata 'Cinderella'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Swamp Milkweed

A virtually hassle-free perennial, offering three months of vanilla scented, rose pink flowers in large, compact clusters from midsummer to early fall. Deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects.

Gather bouquets of Asclepias all summer long; the long stems are wonderful for cutting and are long-lasting. Sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out.

Following the fabulous flowers, typical milkweed seed pods develop which rupture to reveal seeds with long, silvery-white, silky hairs. These are great to use in dried flower arrangements.

This species grows in loose clumps by means of slowly creeping rhizomes. It is not invasive and can be safely mixed in with other perennials in the border. Ascelpias incarnata is native to North America.

Origin: Native Cultivar

Characteristics:



Height:
  3-5 Feet
Spread:
  1-3 Feet
Flower Color:
  Pink shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
  Consistent water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
  Attracts hummingbirds
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Midsummer
  Late summer
  Early fall
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Cottage
  Rain Garden
  Water Garden
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Bog plant
Border plants
Cut flower or foliage
Dried flower or seed heads
Fragrant flowers or foliage
Mass Planting

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Asclepias incarnata grows best in moist to wet soils, but will tolerate drier conditions. This species, unlike A. tuberosa, prefers humus-rich soil. A full day of sun is best. Once established, Swamp Milkweed requires little care. Though it is perfectly cold-hardy in the north, mulching plants in winter will help prevent frost-heaving.

In spring, trim back last year's growth and await the beautiful new foliage which will appear a bit later than other perennials.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Amsonia hubrichtii
Common Name: Blue Star-Arkansas
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Veronica 'Sunny Border Blue'
Common Name: Speedwell
4,5,6,7,8
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Stokesia laevis 'Honeysong Purple'
Common Name: Stokes' Aster
5,6,7,8,9
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Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Zebra' PP13008
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
5,6,7,8,9
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Hibiscus SUMMERIFIC® 'Berry Awesome' PPAF CPBRAF
Common Name: Rose Mallow
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Iris 'Victoria Falls'
Common Name: Iris-Tall Bearded
3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.