Purple Milkweed - Asclepias purpurascens
| Introduction |
Purple Milkweed (Asclepias purpurascens) is a beautiful member of the milkweed family. It can grow up to three
feet tall with leaves that are broad and thick compared to
butterfly weed and
Purple Milkweed blooms early
in the spring with flowers that are in general a bit more showy than some species of milkweed.
The flowers are a deep purple/magenta like color that is very beautiful.
Purple Milkweed is a Host Plant for Monarch Butterflies
Purple Milkweed, like other milkweeds, are host plants for
in my area will lay eggs on it, especially early in the season when some of the
other milkweeds have not come back up yet.
More Purple Milkweed Pictures
Here is a close up of the blooms:
Where to buy Purple Milkweed
Typical nurseries don't usually sell this plant. You will most likely have to find a native plant nursery.
My experience with this plant has been very good. However, the ones I grew from seed looked terrible the first couple
years I had them. I didn't think they would survive. They start out growing pretty slow.
If I wanted to get more I would probably buy the plant rather than to start from seed.
The Asclepiadaceae Family
This family has about 250 genera and roughly 2000 species. Mostly tropical and subtropical. Some species are herbs, others are vines and shrubs. Most have a milky sap containing poisons (see above).
From the U. S. Department of Agriculture:
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