Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata 'Soulmate') in the Milkweeds Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 24 - 48 inches
Plant Spread: 18 - 24 inches
Leaves: Other: Plants have deep taproots and are best left undisturbed once established. Foliage is slow to emerge in spring. Narrow, lance-shaped leaves are 3-6" long. This plant serves as a food source for the larval stage of Monarch butterflies.
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Other: Mildly fragrant. Flowers are very attractive to butterflies as a nectar source.
Flower Color: Other: Deep rose pink
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Water gardens
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Toxicity: Other: Stems exude a toxic milky sap when cut.
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Other info: 'Soulmate' is available from seed and may self-seed in the garden.
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Bees
Various insects

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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: Jun 26, 2006 12:15 PMWhen I found this plant at a local garden center in 2006, I had t
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Location: Lenora, KansasDate: 2017-06-16Butterflyweed "Soulmate"
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2006-06-26#Pollination
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2006-06-13
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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on Dec 3, 2011 11:36 PM

When I spied this plant at a local garden center, I knew I had to have it. Not only were the blooms beautiful, but being married to my soulmate, it was fitting to be planted in my garden.

I didn't give it the spot where it should have been, with lots of water and after I planted it and it bloomed in 2006; it started to decline.

I keep thinking that if I find 'Soulmate' again, that I'd make it the perfect spot to keep growing and blooming for years. Maybe I'll put those 'water crystals' into the soil and add extra peat in the hole and top it with wood mulch for sure.

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