Purple milkweed has handsome leaves that provide food for monarch caterpillars and its dark purple flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.
- Easy to grow
- Monarch host plant
- 2 to 3 ft. tall
- Can form colonies 4 to 6 ft. wide
- Plants can be late to emerge from dormancy in the spring
- Hardy in USDA hardiness zones 5, 6, 7, and 8
In central North Carolina, blooming starts mid to late May and lasts two to three weeks.
How to grow
Sun to part shade. Purple milkweed prefers moist soil, but is surprisingly adaptable and can tolerate periodic drought and flooding.
Care and maintenance
Easy and carefree. Watering plants during extended dry spells will prevent plants from going dormant early.
Where to plant
In flower beds, meadows, butterfly gardens, and rain gardens.
When to Plant
Anytime through the growing season.
When planting in a group, space plants 2 to 4 ft. apart.
When will my plant flower?
Plants will likely flower the following year after planting.
Native habitat and range
Grows at the edges of swamp forests from New Hampshire south into North Carolina, where it’s rare.
Source and origin
Plants are grown from seed collected off plants at the nursery. Original source came from seeds collected from a population growing on the edge of a bottomland forest in Pender County, North Carolina.
|States||Cost per order|
|AL, DE, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, and WV||$12|
|AR, CT, FL, IL, IN, LA, MA, MI, MO, MS, NH, RI, VT, and WI||$14|
|IA, KS, ME, MN, OK, and TX||$16|
|CO, NE, ND, and SD||$18|
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.When will my order be shipped?
All plants are shipped from our nursery in central North Carolina. We ship orders at the beginning of the week so they don't get held up over the weekend. Orders placed after midnight on Sunday may (especially in spring) be shipped the following week.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.What shipping carriers do you use?
UPS Ground and occasionally USPS Priority Mail for some smaller 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.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.