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Purple Milkweed

Asclepias purpurescens

Height: 2-4 feet
Light: Sun – part shade
Soil Type: Dry-average, well-drained soil
Bloom Time: May – June
Flower Color: Purple to purplish red
Foliage: Yellowish to dark green

On the “Endangered” list in several states, Purple Milkweed is easy to grow, tolerating a range of soil and light conditions.

It adds an unusual accent to garden beds with its large, attractive rose-purple flowers and long seed pods. Although Purple Milkweed tolerates shady spots, it flowers better in sun.

A host plant for Monarch butterflies, it is also a nectar source for bees, butterflies and early hummingbirds.