Family: Asclepiadaceae

Scientific Name: Asclepias incarnata Soulmate

Common Name: Asclepias Soulmate, Soulmate Swamp Butterfly Weed

DescriptionA cultivar of the Swamp Milkweed with rose-pink flowers. Good for moist to wet areas of the garden.
Plant TypePerennials Hardy
Hardiness Zone5
Moisturemoist to wet
Soil & Siteprefers moist to wet soils (reported to tolerate average soil conditions)
Flowersumbel clusters of red buds, 3/8", 5-parted, rose pink flowers at the top of stems, fruit a long narrow seed pod filled with seeds on silky hair, blooms second week of July to first week August (Boerner Botanical Gardens Data Base, zone #5)
Fruitbean-shaped seed pod, seeds attached to fluff
Leaveslance shaped to linear leaves, short stalked, opposite, exude a milk sap (toxic)
Stemsexude a milk sap (toxic)
Dimensions3-5 feet tall
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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