Asclepias incarnata Cinderella
Asclepias incarnata 'Cinderella'
Mature Height: 3 to 4 feet
Mature Spread: 15 to 36 inches
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Swamp milkweed is a hassle free plant with tremendous appeal to North American pollinators. It is both easy to grow and eco-friendly. Most know it as a host plant for the Monarch Butterfly, but it also provides pollen and habitat to many other species of beneficial insect, butterflies and hummingbirds. In mid-summer blooms begin to form and open into beautiful pink flowers with a slight vanilla scent. Blooms last around 3 months and can be stimulated by deadheading. Foliage is open in appearance and an attractive waxy green.
The blooms of swamp milkweed have strong stems and make great cut flowers - stems can be sealed over a flame to prevent the sticky sap from running out. Monarch habitat has been destroyed at an alarming rate, but has begun to make a comeback to the concerted efforts of gardeners like you to plant host plants in their backyard garden beds. You can be part of the effort to save the monarch butterfly by adding Asclepias to your own garden.
Why we chose Cinderella
Milkweed is a wonderful plant to add to the garden and can be added via seed or established plant. For those looking for a more organized look in their garden beds, we find that established plants are the way to go. The Cinderella variety provides us with more consistent volume in our containers and ensures that you have the best quality plant when starting an established milkweed from pot. We also find that plants of the Cinderella cultivar consistent height and long full blooms that don't always occur with other cultivars. Cinderella will grow outward from the rhizome of the initial plant as it ages.
Photo Credit: Walters Gardens
|Shades of pink dark to light in tight clusters.
|Mid-summer to early fall
|Genus & Species:
|Asclepias incarnata 'Cinderella'
|3 to 4 feet
|15 to 36 inches
|12 to 34 inches
|Plant even with the soil in pot
|Spring or fall planting
|Consistently moist average to wet soil; tolerates poor soil.
|3 to 9
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