Red Milkweed

Asclepias rubra

Regular price $18.00

Container size:
4.5 in. wide x 5 in. deep / 32 fl. oz.

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Red Milkweed is a rare milkweed species whose flowers are actually lavender-pink in color. Plants thrive in the wet soil of bogs and pond margins.

  • Monarch host plant
  • Attracts pollinators
  • Well-behaved habit


  • One to four stems emerge in the spring and quickly reach 2 to 3 ft. tall
  • Clump forming habit with a thick carrot-like rootstock
  • Hardy in USDA hardiness zones 6, 7, 8, and 9

Flowering period

In central North Carolina, blooming starts in June and continues for three to four weeks.

How to grow

Red Milkweed will grow stronger in sun and a constantly wet soil, though it can tolerate brief dry spells.

Care and maintenance

Avoid planting near large, spreading plants, where they may be overrun and shaded out. In some years (more so in the wild than in cultivation) plants can stay dormant for the whole growing season. Scratching the soil away and checking to see that the rootstock is still solid will assure that the plant is alive and will emerge the following year.

Where to plant

Red Milkweed is a perfect companion for growing with other carnivorous plants in artificial bogs.

When to plant

Spring through mid-summer while plants are actively growing.


12 to 18 inches apart when planting in a group.

When will my plant flower?

Spring planted plants will bloom their first year.

Native habitat and range

Grows in wet pine savannas, sandhill seeps, and the edges of pocosins (evergreen shrub bogs) from Long Island to Florida and is uncommon to rare throughout most of its range.

Source and origin

Plants are grown from seeds collected on the edge of a pocosin in Jones County, North Carolina.

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AL, CT, DE, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, and WV $12.00
AR, CT, FL, IL, IN, LA, MA, MI MO, MS, NH, RI, VT and WI $14.00
CO, IA, KS, ME, MN, NE, ND, OK, SD, and TX $16.00


Sorry, we can't ship plants outside of the continental United States or to AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NM, NV, OR, and WA, due to agriculture restrictions.

Are your plants shipped in their containers?

Yes, all our plants are shipped in their growing containers. The dimensions of the containers are 4.5 inches wide by 5 inches deep or 32 fl. oz.

How long will it take to get my order?

All plants are shipped from our nursery in central North Carolina. When you select the "ship now" option, your order will be shipped within one week.

Can I get my plants shipped at a later date?

Yes, in the shopping cart select the week you would like your order to be shipped on.

What shipping carriers do you use?

USPS Priority Mail and UPS Ground for larger orders.

Do you guarantee your plants?

We guarantee our plants to be healthy, ready for planting, and correctly named. We are not able to guarantee whether a plant will grow in your garden as there are too many circumstances that are beyond our control.

On rare occasions, a plant shipped dormant may fail to emerge from its dormancy. If this happens, please let us know.

If you are concerned about a plant, please contact us within 14 days to let us know. If we can’t help you make it grow, we’ll send you a new plant or issue a refund.


Unfortunately, due to the perishable nature of plants, they can’t be returned for a refund. If your plants arrive damaged or you are unhappy with them, please let us know straight away.

What about sales tax?

We propagate our own plants and are not required to collect North Carolina sales tax.

Where can I find information about your plants?

Here are some FAQ on how we grow plants.