Rose Milkweed

Photo credit: R. A. Nonenmacher


Rose (a.k.a. Swamp) Milkweed

(Asclepias incarnata)



    • 2 to 5 feet


    • June to August


    • Native
    • Perennial


    • Full sun

Soil moisture:

    • Medium to wet

Used by:

    • Butterflies / moths (flowers),
    • Honey bees (flowers),
    • Native bees (flowers),
    • Beetles (flowers),
    • Caterpillars (leaves)


    • In the wild, this milkweed is often found growing in wetter conditions; however, it does not need wet soils.
    • Grows well in most garden soils. May need a little water during long droughts.
    • Does not spread as much as common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), making it a better choice for most garden settings.

Kentucky Pollinators & Backyard Wildlife articles:

Plant Taller Milkweeds Species for Monarchs

Swamp Milkweed

Painted Ladies

Monarch Butterflies and Their Migration

Great Spangled Fritillary

7 Tips for Planting for Butterflies


Hummingbird and Bumblebee Moths

Native range in North America:


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