Asclepias incarnata 'Cinderella'

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Common Name:
Swamp Milkweed
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Garden Height:
3-5 Feet
Garden Spread:
1-3 Feet
  • Sweetly-scented pink flowers in summer
  • Attracts many butterflies & pollinators
  • Great native for problem wet sites

Asclepias incarnata 'Cinderella' is a butterfly magnet! Rose-pink flowers bloom in midsummer to early fall. After the flowers have finished blooming interesting seed pods are produced that open to expose seeds with long, silvery-white, silky hairs. The milkweeds are very important food sources for both larval and adult butterflies, making them some of the most sought-after plants here in our garden center! U.S. native.

Uses: Bogs, Borders, Cottage Gardens, Mass Planting, Landscapes, Mass Planting, Naturalizing, Pond Edges, Rain Gardens, Stream Banks
Nature Attraction: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Pollinators
Critter Resistance: Deer, Rabbits
Notable Features: Cut Flower, Fragrant, Tolerates Wet Sites, Native
Growth Habit: Upright, Spreads via rhizomes

Homeowner Growing Tips: Grow in full sun, in moist to wet soils. Very good for low spots or perpetually damp areas. Adaptable to clay soils as well as average or well-drained soils in many garden environments. Apply a layer of mulch to help keep them moist in summer, and prevent plants from heaving in winter. Since they sprout late in spring, mark their area so as to avoid disturbing them before they emerge. Deadhead after flowering to encourage more blooms about a month later.

If aphids appear, dislodge them with a strong stream of water, or spray with soapy water; avoid using pesticides!

Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc

Reviews (5)

  • Pretty and vigorous

    Posted by Pam L on Jul 2nd 2021

    Pink milkweed is a little harder to find and these were healthy good sized plants.

  • Asclepias incarnata Cinderella

    Posted by Jane Friedman on Jun 13th 2021

    Growing beautifully. Has begun to flower.