Butterfly Garden Plant Asclepias purpurascens Purple Milkweed

Butterfly Garden Plants

Purple Milkweed

(Asclepias purpurascens)

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Purple Milkweed (Asclepias purpurascens)

Purple Milkweed (Asclepias purpurascens)

A good choice for butterfly gardens due to its non-invasive nature. Though not as commonly offered for sale as other milkweeds, Purple Milkweed is worth searching out for its deep purple, showy flowers.

Importance as a butterfly nectar source:

In addition to Monarchs, Purple Milkweed provides nectar for a wide variety of butterflies including Swallowtails, Red Admirals, Hairstreaks, and Fritillaries.Importance as a caterpillar food source:

Like all milkweeds, Purple Milkweed is a food source for the Monarch caterpillar. Plant for plant, Purple Milkweed does not produce as much foliage as other milkweeds, such as Swamp Milkweed, and therefore does not provide as great a food source for caterpillars.


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USDA Hardiness Zone 3 to 9
Bloom Period July to August
Bloom Color Purple
Plant Height 24 to 48 inches
Plant Spread Varies with age of plant
Light Exposure Sun to part shade
Soil Moisture Most to average
Animal/Disease Problems Deer resistant, aphids may be a problem


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Plant rating scale ranges from 0 to 3. Plants rating 3 are the most useful for butterfly gardens. For more details on the ratings, see Native Plant Ratings

Garden Rating 2
Nectar Rating 2
Caterpillar Rating 3


Plant Reviews

Henry and Orion, IL Purple Milkweed volunteers and plant numbers increase each year in my wildflower garden and in nearby fields.