Asclepias incarnata 'Cinderella' (Swamp Milkweed)
Outstanding native that grows to about 4-5' tall and produces blooms of pink with an unusual cinnamon/vanilla scent in summer. 'Cinderella' has paler pink flowers than the straight species. One of the very best plants for attracting and supporting not only monarchs but a long list of native butterflies. Likes sunny moist settings. Deadhead for repeat blooms. Makes a great cut flower. It is worth mentioning the oleander aphid anytime we talk about milkweed. It is the evil, devilish yellow aphid that wreaks havoc on milkweed in the summer. A native to the Mediterranean area this little thing is now a problem around the world and multiplies faster than rabbits on milkweed, especially in a nursery or greenhouse setting! As we try to navigate the control of these in the nursery at Yew Dell you may find that the plants have been cut back to remove most of the pest problem.