Asclepias incarnata (swamp milkweed)
swamp milkweed (quart)
Leaves of this favorite coastal native are food for Monarch caterpillars, while flowers attract adult butterflies. It's a tall plant reaching 4' tall in full sun. Loves moist to wet soils. Pink flowers bloom in July and August. Visited by many native pollinators and hummingbirds. Good for sunny borders, stream and pond banks, moist meadows, and butterfly gardens.
Help the Monarch butterfly population by planting more monarch flowers (milkweeds)! Monarchs have had especially hard winters in Mexico and have a diminishing summer habitat in the United States. Plant in large groups to attract passersby.
Photo by Kathy Thornton
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