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Asclepias purpurascens - Purple Milkweed

Image of Purple Milkweed (Asclepias purpurascens) taken by Allendan Seed Company
SKU: 47
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Purple Milkweed (Asclepias purpurascens) is similar to the Common Milkweed in flower and leaf shape, but is more compact and colorful. Its sweetly-scented one to three spherical clusters of purple flowers bloom in the early summer. The flowers are stiffer and extend slightly further from the leaves than the Common Milkweed. Purple Milkweed is much sought-after and is not difficult to germinate to a juvenile plant, but getting it to last more than one season, bloom, and set seeds can be a challenge as this plant is very sensitive to its environment.


Soil Moisture:  Dry, Moderate

Sun Exposure:  Full Sun, Partial Shade

Height:  3' - 4'

Spread:  1' - 2'

Hardiness Zone:  4 - 9

Bloom Color:  Purple

Bloom Time:  June, July

Attracts:  Butterflies, Hummingbird, Pollinators



Milkweed plants are mostly native to the United States and Canada with milky sap, fragrant flowers with five united petals, long narrow seed pods, and usually tufted seeds that travel on the wind. Many milkweed butterflies, including Monarch Butterflies, rely solely on milkweed plants to host their larvae. Milkweed gets its name from the acrid milky sap that exudes when the plant is damaged, and probably makes the milkweed butterflies distasteful to predators throughout all their life stages.

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Returns of standard seed mixes and individual species must be made in the original unopened packaging within 10 days of delivery. If you wish to return live plants, you must do so within 5 days of delivery. Returns of standard mixes, individual species, and live plants are subject to a restocking fee of 25%. Custom seed mixes may not be returned. When returning non-damaged goods, the buyer is responsible for shipping charges, and return shipping may be made by whatever means the buyer selects.

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