It's easy to fall in love with 'Cinderella' Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) - just ask the Monarchs! The pale pink buds bloom into vibrant, rose-pink flowers that persist from midsummer to early fall. The flowers are heavily laden with nectar for butterflies, who in turn, disperse their pollen sacs. It grows upright clumps that reach up to four feet tall with handsome narrow leaves.
Milkweeds, including 'Cinderella' Swamp Milkweed, are essential for the Monarch lifecycle. Their relationship includes more than just swapping nectar for pollination. Caterpillars exclusively feed on their leaves, which are filled with cardenolides. Cardenolides are stored in the bodies of Monarch caterpillars and butterflies as a defense against predators. Without Milkweed, we wouldn't have Monarchs!
Plant size: 2-4' tall x 1-3' wide
Light: full sun (6+ hrs/day)
Hardiness: USDA zone 3-8 (Find your hardiness zone)
Pollinator value: attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, and is the host plant for Monarchs
Notable features: fragrant, great cut flowers, long-blooming, deer resistant, multiple seasons of interest, low maintenance
Plant name: Asclepias incarnata 'Cinderella'