Asclepias perennis (Aquatic Milkweed)

Asclepias perennis

Quick Facts:

    Common Names: aquatic milkweed
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 5 - 9
    Type: Forb

Asclepias perennis, or aquatic milkweed, is native to the southern United States, growing in swamps, wetland and wet woods. It is a milkweed, and the larvae of the Monarch butterfly will readily eat it. It is very similar to Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), but has darker purple flowers, and its seed pods are also smooth, rather than bumpy as Common Milkweed are.

In our yard, this grows in the Wetland Area.

Our growing score: 5

Other pictures of this plant:

               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit


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