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Asclepias purpurascens

Purple Milkweed

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Asclepias purpurascens (Purple Milkweed)

An attractive deep pink to purple flower. Blooms sparsely in low, dry areas of shady woods. The familiar milkweed pod forms on a curlicue stem, much like a pig's tail. The plant is quite striking and will grow with little care in a garden. This species also attracts many flying insects and would be a great addition to a butterfly garden.

Additional Information:
The stems of A. purpurascens produce copious amounts of milky sap when injured. This sap can be irritating to some and is toxic if ingested or rubbed in the eyes.

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24-36 Inches


12-36 Inches


Bloom/Seasonal Color
Deep Pink / Rose

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:
Spreads easily and can be invasive if not maintained.

Good Companions
Wild Garlic (Allium canadense), Glade Coneflower (Echinacea simulata), Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation


Nature Attracting




Season of Interest

Mid (May-June)

Soil Moisture


Special Uses

Dried Flower

Sun Exposure

Medium Sun/Average Shade

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Butterfly Host
Butterfly Nectar
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