Asclepias incarnata – Cinderella Swamp Milkweed
A beautiful selection of our Missouri native Swamp Weed, Asclepias incarnata, Cinderella brings all the magic we crave to the garden. A delight easy-care perennial, this princess offers three months of vanilla scented, rose pink flowers in large, compact clusters from midsummer to early fall. Adding to the wonder, the flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects.
Gather bouquets of Cinderella all summer long; the long stems are wonderful for cutting and are long-lasting. Cut flower tip: sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out. Following the royal flowers, typical milkweed seed pods develop which rupture to reveal seeds with long, silvery-white, silky hairs. These add a high style element to dried flower arrangements.
This species grows in loose clumps by means of slowly creeping rhizomes. It is not invasive and can be safely mixed in with other perennials in the border. Ascelpias incarnata is native to Missouri and to North America. Long-lived perennial.
Plant in full sun to part shade. Deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one.