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PlantFiles: Purple Milkweed
Asclepias purpurascens

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Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Asclepias (ass-KLE-pee-us) (Info)
Species: purpurascens (pur-pur-ESS-kenz) (Info)

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Category:
Perennials

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Purple

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Foliage:
Herbaceous

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Profile:

1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive chilmarkgardener On Feb 14, 2014, chilmarkgardener from Chilmark, MA wrote:

beautiful color. may be a bit too aggressive for small gardens or borders, but great in "wild" naturalistic areas and butterfly gardens. drought tolerant.

Neutral frostweed On Nov 30, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Purple Milkweed Asclepias purpurascens is native to Texas and other States.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Deer, Arkansas
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Olathe, Kansas
Topeka, Kansas
Prospect, Kentucky
Pikesville, Maryland
Chilmark, Massachusetts
Erie, Michigan
Cole Camp, Missouri
Conway, Missouri
Protem, Missouri
Frenchtown, New Jersey
Trenton, New Jersey
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Leesburg, Virginia



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