Also known as: Rose Milkweed, Swamp Silkweed & White Indian Hemp
This plant is a herbaceous perennial plant that is species to native North America. It grows in damp to wet soils and also is cultivated as a garden plant for its striking, beautiful flowers that attract butterflies and other pollinators! Like most other milkweeds, it has sap containing toxic chemicals, a characteristic that repels insects and other herbivorous animals. This plant is an upright, tall plant growing up to 39 to 59 inches in height and has thick, fleshy white roots The plants bloom form mid-summer producing beautiful, small, fragrant pink to mauve or white flowers. The flower color may vary in shades of purple to soft lavender or soft pink . After Blooming the green seed pods are produced that split open and release white silky hairs that float off in the wind.
They are highly sought after for their ability to attract butterflies and also for their cut flowers.
Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Light: Filter sun to Full sun
Mature Growth: 3-5 feet high
Soil: Average to moist
Wildlife: Flowers are attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies & bees.
Larval Host Plant for: Monarch, Queens butterflies