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Cinderella (Pink)- Asclepias incarnata ‘Cinderella’ – also known as Swamp Milkweed

Cindrella is most commonly known as Swamp Milkweed. The other common names of this plant are Pleurisy-root, Canada-root, Indian posy, orange-root, tuber root, white root, wind root, Mexican Milkweed. The name has been derived from the word “Asclepius”, who is known to be Greek god of medicine and healing.
This is an herbaceous perennial plant that belongs to the family Apocynaceae. This plant is a native to Northeastern and southeastern United States. This plant can grow up to a height of 4 to 5 feet and can spread up to 2 to3 feet. This plant continues to produce new leaves all through the season. The flowers, blooming on top of the stems, are in clusters and pink in color. The leaves are narrow and pointed and 2”-3” in length. These flowers give rise to seed pods that are 3-6 inches long and are spindle shaped.
They are split open when ripe. The seeds have silk tails attached to them which disperse by wind. The flowers bloom midsummer to early fall. This plant has tap root that is long and tuberous because of which transplanting is not easy. A thick, white sap flows through the stems and leaves. This plant grows well in full sun. The plant needs sandy or well drained soil to grow well. It is drought tolerant due to its tap root system. It grows well in zones 3-6.
This plant attracts monarch butterfly larvae and leaves are their main source of food. For many butterflies, its flowers are the nectar source. It also attracts humming birds, bees due to its vanilla-scent. This plant is a self-sowing annual. These plants were part of herbal remedies. This plant is used for mass planting in rock gardens, as a border plant, as cut flower, in dried flower arrangements and rain garden. Even the seed pods make good as a cut part for dried flower arrangements.

Growing Swamp Milkweed

• This perennial need to grow in full sun.
• This plant needs moist to wet soils.
• This plants needs sandy to well-drained soils.
• Sow seeds, or purchase container-grown specimens to transplant.
• Milkweed requires a cold treatment before sowing.
• Stratification of milkweeds usually occurs best at 32 to 41?F for a period of three to six weeks.
• Best germination is at 65 to 80?F
• These plants bloom the first year and can be planted anytime after last frost.
• They can be started in pots indoors for a head start on the season.
• They transplant easily from pots to the garden but are difficult to transplant once established in the garden.
• They grow in zones 3-6.

Caring of Swamp Milkweed

• This perennial need to grow in full sun.
• This plant needs moist to wet soils and humus rich soils.
• This plants needs sandy to well-drained soils.
• They grow in zones 3-6.
• Mulch the plant to prevent frost-heaving.
• Trim in spring for new foliage.

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