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Red Milkweed is a distinctive native perennial, forming a clump to 1 ft. wide. In mid spring 1 to 4 stems break through the soil, and quickly grow 2 to 3 ft. tall. Lavender-pink flowers bloom for several weeks in late spring. Hardy from zones 7 through 9.
How to grow
Plant Red Milkweed in sun to part shade, and wet to moist soil. In heavier soils, plants can tolerant periodic drought, but they will not grow well in sandy, dry soil. Plants are often late coming up in the spring, sometimes not emerging until mid May in southeast North Carolina.
Where to plant
Red Milkweed is a perfect companion to plant in pitcher plant bogs with slow growing carnivorous plants.
Red Milkweed is a larval host plant for the monarch, queen, and milkweed tussock caterpillars, and many pollinators, including butterflies and hummingbirds, are attracted to the flowers.
Where found in the wild
In the coastal plain, Asclepias rubra occurs in wet pine savannas, sandhill seeps, and the edges of pocosins (evergreen shrub bogs), from Long Island south into Florida. It is uncommon in southeastern North Carolina.
Source and origin
Plants grown from seeds collected on the edge of a pocosin in Jones County, North Carolina.
The common name Red Milkweed is not very accurate, as the flowers are more lavender-pink than red in color.
Seeds sown in the fall, germinate in spring.