Marsh Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

Marsh Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

A perfect plant for wet areas such as rain gardens. Host plant for Monarch butterfly caterpillars and a favorite of pollinators of all kinds. Deer resistant. Can even handle wet clay.


Sun:    Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture:    Wet, Medium
Height:    4 feet
Blooms:    June, July, Aug
Color:    Pink
Spacing:    18-24″
Zones:    3-9
Benefits:    Butterflies, Pollinators, Birds, Deer Resistant

Design Tips

Plant in small drifts of 3-5 in medium-wet soil. Host plants for monarch caterpillars are most effective when planted next to their favorite butterfly nectar plants that bloom at the same time as the monarch migration such as Blazing Stars, New England Aster, Ironweed, and Goldenrods.

Companion Plants

Fox Sedge
Meadow Blazing Star
Culver’s Root