Purple Milkweed
Asclepias purpurascens

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

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

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Feb 14, 2014, woodylover from Provincetown, MA (Zone 7a) 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

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

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