Swamp Milkweed Butterfly Weed Asclepias
|Espoma Bio-Tone Plus Starter Plus||$16.95|
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|Mature Height:||4 to 5 feet|
|Mature Width:||2 to 3 feet|
|Habit:||Upright, clump forming|
|Flowering Season:||Mid-June through frost|
|Foliage:||Green, licorice scented|
|Soil Condition:||Prefers dry, average to sandy soil, wont tolerate wet soil in winter|
|Water Requirements:||Water well until established|
|Uses:||Extremely attractive when used as a focal point in the mixed border, mass planting. Attracts pollinators and hummingbirds|
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Asclepias incarnata or Swamp Milkweed is a very popular plant for pollinators and for good reason. Hawkmoths, Swallowtail butterflies, Greater Fritillaries, Monarch butterflies, skippers, bumblebees, honeybees, and numerous other nectar-seekers will visit this plant daily when in flower.
Easy to Care for Swamp Milkweed Plants
Asclepias incarnata is very popular with pollinators and for good reason. Hawk moths, Swallowtail butterflies, Greater Fritillaries, Monarch butterflies, skippers, bumble bees and numerous other nectar-seekers will visit this plant daily when in flower.. The leaves are a preferred food source for caterpillars of Monarch Butterflies. This plant is of great importance. Asclepias incarnata is a beautiful addition to sunny border gardens, water features, or the butterfly garden, Rose Milkweed is also a good for naturalizing in low spots or other moist areas in the landscape including Rain Gardens.
We suggest when planting your newly purchased Asclepias incarnata plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Agastache Blue Fortune does prefer drier soils in the winter so if there was ever a plant that we would recommend not adding topsoil or compost this is one. Bio-tone starter fertilizer is a great starter fertilizer that provides plants with mycorrhizae fungus. It is a naturally occurring beneficial fungus that colonizes on the new growing roots of plants. It creates a barrier between the roots of the plant and fungus and pathogens that can cause root rot. We love this product and use it on all plants we install in our own gardens. Bio-tone is a gardener’s best friend and can help guarantee your success.