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Origin: US Native Wildflower
Other Common Names: Rose Milkweed, Red Milkweed, Swamp Silkweed, White Indian Hemp
Bloom Time: Summer
Height: 36 in to 60 in
Spacing: 15 in to 24 in
Light: Full Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet to Medium
USDA Zone: 3a-8b
Germination: Fall plant or cold stratify at 40F for 1 month. Then sow seeds on soil surface at 70F and water.
Seeds Per Oz: 5200
As the name indicates, this milkweed thrives in swamps and low meadows or along streams. The bright pink flowers attract swarms of bees and butterflies, and have a sweet scent described as similar to vanilla or cinnamon. At one time, the silk from this plantís seed pods was spun for fabric or used for stuffing pillows; in World War II, school children gathered the silk to provide a cheap filling for soldiersí life jackets. Commercial attempts to make use of this abundant plant included the manufacture of paper, fabric, lubricant, fuel, and rubber; eventually these became impractical and were abandoned. Though this plant is toxic to most animals, butterflies are immune to the plantís poison and actually become rather poisonous themselves as protection from predators.
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