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Tips on growing Asclepias purpurescens

Posted by ontnative 5b Can/USDA 4 (My Page) on
Sun, Oct 27, 13 at 10:40

Anybody growing Purple Milkweed (A. purpurascens) successfully? Any tips on preferred growing conditions? I've tried small purchased plants several times and have only had so-so results. I am growing poke milkweed from seed and purchased plants, and hope to have it blooming next spring. I also grow swamp milkweed and butterfly milkweed. Believe it or not, I think the rabbits are eating/nibbling on my young milkweed plants.

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RE: Tips on growing Asclepias purpurescens

  • Posted by dbarron Z6/7 (Oklahoma) (My Page) on
    Wed, Oct 30, 13 at 19:33

I've grown purpurascens (or it's grown itself) for several years from a small plant. It seemed to do quite well (surprisingly) in a prairie that was a bit wet for A tuberosa (which would survive, but not thrive).
I can't say that was preferred conditions, but the plant spread and appeared quite healthy.

So basically, I'd summarize in conditions a bit more moist than tuberosa, but otherwise similar with full sun, etc.

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