Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet'
Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet'

Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet'

SKU: S23981
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Quick Facts
Common Name: Swamp Milkweed
Hardiness Zone: 3-9S/W Exposure: Sun
Blooms In: Jul-Aug
Mature Height: 3-4' Spacing: 15-18"
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: 1 PINT 28.86 CU IN.
Deer Resistance: Yes
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A white selection of our native Swamp Milkweed, Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet' produces large clusters of tiny white blooms, each resembling a member of the corps de ballet in Swan Lake. They appear in midsummer in stark contrast to the rich green foliage. Plants need full sun and will grow in heavy, wet soil, but they don't require it. Plants are deer resistant and heat tolerant, too.

Of the 200 species in the genus Asclepias, the best known are North American wildflowers. They have small, curiously shaped blooms that appear in dense clusters. These plants provide nourishment for Monarch butterflies through all their life stages, and are essential for their survival.

For more information on growing and care, click Growing Guide.

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Wonderful Addition

Beautiful blooms, Zero Maintenance, Huge Impact

We put in 4 of these and they have attracted pollinators like I have never had in my garden. It's like watching a show- sometimes they climb on top of each other to get at the blooms. My other natives were ignored until this bloom season ended. We also had monarchs come and lay eggs right in front of us!

I have seen some aphids- I clipped those branches off and it was fine. No issues, no problems.
If you don't want them to naturalize, clip the seed pods off in August and toss them in natural areas where invasives loom. Enjoy!

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Monarch magnet!

I have planted plenty of milkweed before, but never had monarchs. We recently moved and I planted four of these lovelies in our clay soil with a little compost. They grew steadily all summer, leafing out nicely. We now have a dozen monarch caterpillars on our four plants, munching away at the healthy green leaves. My kids are thrilled! Yes, they do attract aphids, like all milkweed. We remove the aphids with a little rubbing alcohol on a q-tip (see monarchwatch.org for tips) — worth the effort to host our monarch friends. Highly recommend for your butterfly or wildlife garden!

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Yuck

Ok flower. But. The aphids on it are gross. I don't know if I'm going to keep it. I may cut it down. Because of those a thousand aphids.

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Growing guide

Growing guide
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Latin Name Pronunciation: uh-sklee'pee-us  

The genus Asclepias, commonly known as Milkweed, comprises more than 100 species, the best known of which are North American wildflowers. They have small, curiously shaped blooms that appear in clusters and are irresistible to butterflies. Milkweed is the host plant for Monarch butterflies - it is the only food source for Monarch caterpillars, and the butterflies will breed only where Milkweeds are found.

Asclepias tuberosa is native to eastern North America and is commonly referred to as Butterfly Weed. It blooms in June and July and makes a fine addition to a hot-colored border. It Butterfly weed needs well-drained soil and full sun. Swamp milkweed, Asclepias incarnata, grows naturally in moist soil rich in organic matter. It is well-adapted to good garden soil, and can take some shade. Both milkweed species are polite clumping perennials that may modestly self-sow, but will not spread underground.

Grow Guide for Asclepias incarnata

Plant Asclepias incarnata in moisture-retentive soil, rich in organic matter, in full sun or part shade. Swamp milkweed is a natural in rain gardens, sunny borders and wet meadows.

This perennial milkweed is quite late to emerge from dormancy in spring. Mark the location or leave 6" of stem if you cut back after killing frost, so you don't plant something on top of them.

Cut plants back by 1/3 to 1/2 in early summer to encourage strong bushy growth. More stems mean more flowers. Deadheading early blooms often results in a second flowering about a month later.

This genus, commonly known as Milkweed, consists of many North American native species, and is most notable for attracting butterflies. Their flowers are excellent nectar sources, and the plants are the sole host for the larval stage of the Monarch butterfly. Use Asclepias incarnata in pollinator gardens, pond edges, rain gardens, sunny borders, and wet meadows.

Grow Guide for Asclepias tuberosa

Asclepias tuberosa grows best planted in hot, baking full sun. It requires well-drained, not overly rich soil and will thrive even in nutrient-poor sandy or gravelly soils.

This perennial milkweed is quite late to emerge from dormancy in spring. Mark the location, leave 6" of stem if you cut back after killing frost, or simply leave the plant standing through winter, so you don't plant something on top of them.

Cut plants back by 1/3 to 1/2 in early summer to encourage strong bushy growth. More stems mean more flowers. Deadheading early blooms often results in a second flowering about a month later.

This genus, commonly known as Milkweed, consists of many North American native species, and is most notable for attracting butterflies. Their flowers are excellent nectar sources, and the plants are the sole host for the larval stage of the Monarch butterfly. Use Asclepias tuberosa in pollinator gardens, sunny borders, and meadows.

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