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Spring

Asclepias incarnata ’Cinderella’ (swamp milkweed) 

Asclepias incarnata 'Cinderella’

‘Cinderella’ features clusters of 2 in. wide vanilla-scented flower heads. Individual flowers within each cluster boast deep pink reflexed petals and a pink to white crown. This selection of swamp milkweed is easily grown in medium to wet soils in full sun but is also tolerant of average well-drained soils in cultivation.  Milkweeds have deep taproots and are best left undisturbed once established. Foliage is slow to emergein spring. The flowers are attractive to butterflies as a nectar source and the leaves are a food source for the larval stage of Monarch butterflies. 

[Photo: Asclepias_incarnata_-_Swamp_Milkweed; Credit: Fritzflohrreynolds, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons] 

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