Asclepias purpurascens – Purple Milkweed
A butterfly loving Missouri native perennial, Purple Milkweed, Asclepias purpurascens, delights all with its large flower clusters of deep rose pink to purple that appear in late spring through midsummer. Long, 6″ smooth seed pods which are full of silky-tailed seeds follow. Its seed pods are cherished as dried flowers. Purple Milkweed’s flowers are a nectar source for many butterflies, and its leaves are a tasty food source of Monarch butterfly caterpillars. It easily grows in average to poor soils in full sun. It can form large colonies by rhizomes and by reseeding. Rarely offered in nurseries.
Plant in full sun.