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Asclepias purpurascens

Native Plants

Purple Milkweed

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Purple milkweed is an attractive and robust herbaceous perennial plant reaching 2-4’ tall producing attractive terminal clusters of purple flowers from late spring into summer. It tends to be a clumping plant that spreads less aggressively than other milkweed species.  The large, oval, leathery foliage of purple milkweed also develops pinkish accents on the margins and along the leaf veins. This milkweed performs well in partial shade to full sun and prefers moist well-drained soils unlike some species that are more drought tolerant.  Purple milkweed is an excellent meadow companion that combines well with Gentiana clausa, Schizachyrium scoparium, Veronicastrum virginicum, and Liatris spicata.

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  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, moist 
  • Flowering Period
    early-summer, mid-summer
  • Soil PH
  • Flower Color
    pink, purple 
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown, green