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Asclepias Seeds - Red Swamp Milkweed

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  • Seed Count: 15 Seeds
  • Maturity: 60-90 Days from Planting
  • Plant Characteristics: Red Swamp Milkweed, scientifically known as Asclepias incarnata, is a perennial herb native to North America, particularly prominent in wetland areas.
  • Height: Typically reaches heights of 3-4 feet
  • Flower Characteristics: Produces clusters of small, vibrant red or pink flowers, which are highly attractive to butterflies, bees, and other pollinators
  • Foliage: Deep green leaves with a lanceolate shape
  • Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
  • Ideal Growing Conditions: Prefers moist to wet soil, making it an excellent choice for rain gardens or areas with poor drainage
  • Resistance: Resistant to deer and rabbit browsing
  • Usage: Valued as a host plant for monarch butterflies and as a nectar source for a variety of pollinators

History:
Red Swamp Milkweed has a long history of cultural and ecological significance in North America. Indigenous peoples utilized various parts of the plant for medicinal purposes, and its importance as a food source for monarch butterfly caterpillars has been recognized for centuries. In recent years, awareness of its ecological value in supporting pollinators has grown, leading to increased interest in cultivating it in gardens and natural landscapes.

Ecological Importance:
Red Swamp Milkweed plays a crucial role in supporting pollinator populations, particularly monarch butterflies. As a host plant for monarch caterpillars, it provides essential food and habitat for these iconic insects during their larval stage. Additionally, its nectar-rich flowers attract a wide range of pollinators, including bees and butterflies, contributing to overall biodiversity and ecosystem health. By incorporating Red Swamp Milkweed into garden landscapes, individuals can actively support conservation efforts aimed at protecting pollinator populations.

Growth Habit & Planting Instructions:
To cultivate Red Swamp Milkweed, select a site with moist to wet soil and ample sunlight. Sow seeds directly in the garden in the early spring, pressing them lightly into the soil surface and keeping them consistently moist until germination occurs. Alternatively, seeds can be started indoors 6-8 weeks before the last expected frost and transplanted outdoors after the danger of frost has passed. Space plants 12-18 inches apart to allow for their mature size. Once established, Red Swamp Milkweed requires minimal maintenance, making it an excellent choice for low-maintenance gardens or naturalized areas.

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