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Purple Milkweed
(Asclepias purpurescens)

Height:

2 - 4 feet

Light:

Sun - part shade

Soil Type:

Dry-average, well-drained soil

Bloom Time:

May - June

Flower Color:

Purple to purplish red

Foliage:

Yellowish to dark green















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On the "Endangered" list in several states, Purple Milkweed is easy to grow, tolerating a range of soil and light conditions.

It adds an unusual accent to garden beds with its large, attractive rose-purple flowers and long seed pods. Although Purple Milkweed tolerates shady spots, it flowers better in sun.

A host plant for Monarch butterflies, it is also a nectar source for bees, butterflies and early hummingbirds.
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