The Milkmaid Asclepias Plant bears clusters of creamy white diminutive flowers atop medium-green, strong stems surrounded by spear shaped foliage with lighter green midribs and lacy veining. This native milkweed perennial is totally un-weed-like and is home to the Monarch Butterfly and other winged beauties, to include the hummingbird. It is the host plant for the Monarch butterfly. Milkmaid milkweed breaks dormancy late, but be patient; the show is worth the wait.
Common Names: Swamp Milkweed, Swamp Milkmaid, Asclepias Incarnata Milkmaid, White Swamp Milkweed
Companion Planting: Aster, Echinacea, Kniphofia, Salvia
Milkmaid Asclepias Plant Care Instructions: Keep the plant well-watered for the first 3-4 weeks after transplanting. After that, only water if the plant starts looking droopy. Deadheading the first flush of flowers promotes additional blooms. If you don’t want the plant to self-seed, remove all flowers once they are finished blooming. Plants can be cut back to the ground once they drop their leaves. Spring is a good time to fertilize.