Swamp milkweed is a tall plant with beautiful, fragrant white to pink and light purple flowers that does well in moist soils. Swamp milkweed tolerates heavy clay soils and is very deer-resistant. Common milkweed is preferred by monarch caterpillars but swamp milkweed is a more refined alternative for gardens. Since it does not have a tap root, swamp milkweed is the only native milkweed that does well in containers.
Cultivars / Varieties
Cinderella – 40”; Long lasting rose-red flowers w’ pinkish centers.
Ice Ballet – 48”; Pure white, long lasting flowers.
Soulmate – 24 to 36″; rose-pink flowers
Milkmaid – 36-48″; white flowers
Swamp Milkweed – USDA Plant Fact Sheet
Swamp Milkweed – Missouri Botanical Garden
Specialty Cut Flowers by Armitage & Laushman
The Flower Farmer by Lynn Byczynski
Recommended for Wildlife by
Creating a Wild Backyard – Hummingbirds, Butterflies & Bees – Maryland DNR
Some Favorite Nectar Plants – Washington Area Butterfly Club
Butterfly Gardening in the DC Area – Washington Butterfly Club
Bees, Bugs & Blooms – A pollinator trial – Penn State
For the Birds, Butterflies & Hummingbirds: Creating Inviting Habitats – Virginia Extension
Top Nectar Plants, Piedmont (Central Maryland) by North American Butterfly Association
Butterflies of Maryland: A biological summary and checklist by Maryland DNR
Jennifer Anderson, hosted by the USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database