Want to add easy-to-grow native plants that benefit local birds, bees, butterflies and other biodiversity to your garden?
Check out our Halton Pollinator Plant Profile series:
Swamp Milkweed – Asclepias incarnata
A Halton Pollinator Plant Profile
Swamp milkweed is a clump-forming perennial in the milkweed family.
Part to full sun
Tolerates a variety of soils, including clay
Moderate to wet
Flowers: Large clusters of small, light pink to magenta flowers bloom in June-July
Fruit: Pods turn brown and split open when ripe (autumn), revealing brown seeds that are attached to white ‘fluff’ which allows them be dispersed by the wind
Leaves: Opposite, lance-shaped leaves with smooth margins
Value to Pollinators: Larval host plant for the Monarch butterfly. Provides nectar for bees, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds and other pollinators.
By consuming milkweed, monarch caterpillars incorporate its toxins into their bodies, making them poisonous to birds.
Swamp milkweed is very tall – plant it against a fence, at the back of a perennial bed, or among other tall flowering plants or native grasses for support!