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Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet'

Ice Ballet Swamp Milkweed

Deep green foliage lines upright stems that end with masses of lightly fragrant, white flowers. It is perfect for grouping in the back of the border where it will attract countless hummingbirds and butterflies. It is also larval host plant for Monarchs, Grey Hairstreak and Queens. This perennial does best in full sun to partial shade, though it is quite adaptable. It prefers average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water.


 


 

Benefits

  • Attracts butterflies and other beneficial insects
  • Nectar laden blooms attract hummingbirds
  • Important host plant for Monarch butterflies
  • Makes a long lasting cut flower; Deer resistant
  • Thrives in moist to wet sunny areas

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Swamp milkweed, true to its name, prefers consistently moist soil, but performs admirably in average, well-drained gardens as well. Full sun is best and some shade is tolerated, though blooming time and color may suffer.


Height
3-4 Feet

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Spread
12-18 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Native Trivia

Monarch caterpillars feed exclusively on milkweed foliage and adult butterflies feed on the nectar. Due to loss of habitat milkweed is not as common as it once was. Adding Milkweeds like 'Ice Ballet' is essential for keeping Monarchs in our landscapes.

Good Companions
Dwarf Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium dubium), Goodings Verbena (Glandularia gooddingii), Perennial Sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus var. subrhomboideus x tuberosus), Oxeye Daisy (Heliopsis helianthoides)

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Deer Resistant
Wet Sun
Plan Sub Group
Medium to Tall Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Soil
Acidic
Heavy clay
Humus-rich
Saline or alkaline
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Hummingbirds
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Late Summer
Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Native Habitat
Coastal
Desert
Grassland
Riparian, wetland
Foliage Color
Dark Green
Green
Uses
Bog, water garden
Border
Cut or dried flower
Drought tolerant
Fragrant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Specimen
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