Asclepias incarnata ‘Cinderella’
(Cinderella, Milkweed - swamp)
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A must for the butterfly garden! One of the most beautiful milkweeds, this selection, with its glowing red flowers has much more refined foliage and habits. Vanilla-scented flowerheads 2 inches across arise among the long, lush leaves all summer long.
It is an erect, clump-forming, native plant which is commonly found in swamps, river bottomlands and wet meadows throughout the the eastern US. It typically grows 3-4′ tall on branching stems. Small, fragrant, pink to mauve flowers (1/4" wide), each with five reflexed petals and an elevated central crown, appear in tight clusters (umbels) at the stem ends in summer. Narrow, lance-shaped, taper-pointed leaves are 3-6" long. Stems exude a toxic milky sap when cut. Flowers are followed by attractive seed pods (to 4" long) which split open when ripe releasing silky-haired seeds easily carried by the wind. Flowers are very attractive to butterflies as a nectar source. In addition, swamp milkweed is an important food source (albeit somewhat less important than upland species of Asclepias) for the larval stage of Monarch butterflies.
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