Demonstration Wetlands Garden Project

Water Mill Museum, Old Mill Road, Water Mill, New York

Swamp Milkweed   Asclepias incarnate

This plant, which grows up to four feet in height, is similar in appearance to the common field milkweed, but has narrower leaves and smaller pink flower clusters.  A favorite of butterflies and bees, its fertilized flowers produce pointy seedpods that contain fluffy “parachute” seeds that are easily dispersed by the wind.

image credits: Jennifer Anderson @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database


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