Flowers are in rounded clusters of 25-140 at the tops of the stems or on stalks arising from where the upper leaves join the main stem. Each pinkish purple flower is about 1/4" wide, with 5 purplish, reflexed petals surrounding 5 spreading, pinkish purple hoods, each with a tiny, pointed horn arising from it. The fruits are 2-4" long, fat pods covered with many tiny projections and filled with fluffy seeds. Blooms Late Spring-Summer.
Photo of Asclepias purpurascens
Easily transplanted, this photo shows the earlier growth (darker leaves) and the newest sprouts since transplanting to our yard in June '07.
This transplant .. is still putting on new leaves on the newest stems, that have sprouted since transplanting! (August '07)
Butterfly on Purple Milkweed
Asclepias purpurascens in fruit