Family: Asclepiadaceae

Scientific Name: Asclepias incarnata

Common Name: Swamp Milkweed, Marsh Milkweed

DescriptionA native Milkweed preferring the damp areas of the landscape.
Plant TypeWild Flowers
Hardiness Zone5
Moisturemoist to wet
Soil & Sitenative to wetlands, shallow marshes, sedge meadows
Flowersumbel clusters of red buds, 3/8", 5-parted, pale to dark pink flowers at the top of stems
Fruitnarrow seed pod filled with seeds, seeds attached to silky hairs
Leaveslance shaped to linear leaves, short stalked, opposite, exude a milk sap
Stemsexude a milk sap
Dimensions3-4 feet high
Misc FactsAsclepias tuberosa) honours the Greek god of healing Asclepius (Asklepios in Greek and Aesculapius in Latin) with reference to the plants’ medicinal properties. Incarnata means ‘flesh pink-coloured’.(
Notes & Reference#46-Wetland Plants and Plant Communities of Minnesota and Wisconsin (Eggers and Reed), #83-Favorite Wild Flowers, #100-Wildflowers of Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest (Black and Judziewicz)
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