Asclepias incarnata
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Asclepias incarnata

swamp milkweed

  family apocynaceae 
  genus asclepias 

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Genus  Asclepias Species  incarnata Variety  Cultivar  Common names  swamp milkweed Family  APOCYNACEAE Specimen number  S11139 Data source  HtZn p81;MedPl p171
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  2' - 4' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun Water  Moist Optimal soil texture  Sandy Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 03a-09b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 10-02 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  This plant is often used in dried arrangements. It is not really suitable for a well-kept garden because of its weedy nature. Asclepias incarnata can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -40� Fahrenheit. Swamp milkweed needs summer days with high heat. This plant likes soils that are sandy. Full sun is needed for this species to do its best. It usually does best in moist soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses  Dried arrangements Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest  crescent shaped pods bursting with silky Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities  Weedy
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  antiasthmatic Medicinal parts  Root Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Asclepias incarnata has been traditionally used as an antiasthmatic. Other species with the same medicinal qualities include Asclepias syriaca. Traditional medicinal remedies are made from the root.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  fragrant flowers Fragrance parts  Flowers Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Asclepias incarnata is a perennial. The flowers are usually a pink color.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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