Asclepias purpurascens (Purple Milkweed)

Asclepias purpurascens

Quick Facts:

    Common Names: purple milkweed
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 9
    Type: Forb

Asclepias purpurascens, or purple milkweed, is native to the eastern United States, growing in fields and prairies. 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 Prairie Area.

Our growing score: 4

Other pictures of this plant:

               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit


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