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Asclepias incarnata ssp. pulchra (Swamp milkweed)
Cressler, Alan

Asclepias incarnata ssp. pulchra

Asclepias incarnata L. ssp. pulchra (Ehrh. ex Willd.) Woodson

Swamp milkweed

Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)

Synonym(s): Asclepias incarnata var. neoscotica, Asclepias incarnata var. pulchra, Asclepias pulchra

USDA Symbol: ASINP2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

The large, bright, terminal blossoms of this showy, 2-4 ft. perennial are made up of small, rose-purple flowers. Deep pink flowers clustered at the top of a tall, branching stem, bearing numerous narrow, lanceolate leaves. Opposite, narrow, lance-shaped leaves line the erect, open-branched stem. Elongated, tan-brown seed pods persist into winter.

ssp. pulchra—Plants pubescent. (Bibref 281)

 

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Margin: Entire
Inflorescence: Umbel
Fruit Type: Follicle
Fruit:

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug

Distribution

USA: CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , MA , MD , ME , MI , NC , NH , NJ , NY , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , VT , WV
Canada: NB , NS

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees
Special Value to Honey Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery - Orefield, PA

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Bibliography

Bibref 281 - Shinners & Mahler's Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas (1999) Diggs, G. M.; B. L. Lipscomb; B. O'Kennon; W. F...

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Asclepias incarnata ssp. pulchra in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Asclepias incarnata ssp. pulchra in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Asclepias incarnata ssp. pulchra

Metadata

Record Modified: 2017-08-14
Research By: TWC Staff, NH

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