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Butterfly Weed Cinderella

A fine perennial that butterflies love, this variety has pink-red blooms on more compact plants than its wild cousin. Like its kin, it prefers moist soil. (Asclepias incarnata)

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Details:

Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Plant Size: 36-48" tall, 12-36" wide
Light: Full Sun
Bloom Time: Early to late summer
Shipping: Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Details
SKU 21PER3
Common Name Butterfly Weed or Swamp Milkweed
Botanical Name Asclepias incarnata
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Pink
Estimated Mature Height 36-48" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 12-36" wide
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Foliage Color Green
Planting Season Spring, Summer
Will Tolerate Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Clay Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet
Suggested Uses Deer Resistant, Hummingbirds & Butterflies, Fragrant, Borders, Extended Blooms
Ships to Canada No
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Description
This is one of the most beautiful milkweeds. Not the common dusty-dull rose-flowered farm weed, but a really beautiful red-flowered form with much more refined foliage and habits. And like the orange-flowered Butterfly Weed, this one is a monarch magnet, great for butterfly gardens.

The milkweed family of North American plants is named Asclepias after Asclepias, the famous Greek God of Medicine, since the plants have long been used in herbal medicine.

This Asclepias, with its glowing red flowerheads, is best placed in a wet spot, or at least one that is wet part of the year, since that is its native habitat.

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Reviews

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3.9

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Low maintenance (7)
  • Reliable growth (6)
  • Fragrant (3)

Cons

  • Colors not as expected (4)
  • Susceptible to pests (3)

Best Uses

  • Large areas (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (8), Casual hobbyist (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect Plant for Butterfly "growing"

This plant is hardy and the only plant that Monarchs lay eggs on. Last year I "grew" my own butterflies:)

This plant is hardy and the only plant that Monarchs lay eggs on. Last year I "grew" my own butterflies:)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Color Not As Advertised

I received this plant as a gift purchased by my daughter specifically because it was shown on the website as pink. It has very pure white flowers which while pretty, do not really fit...Read complete review

I received this plant as a gift purchased by my daughter specifically because it was shown on the website as pink. It has very pure white flowers which while pretty, do not really fit into my overall color scheme/layout in the garden. I am extremely disappointed.

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3.0

Unsure about this product

By BH

from Boyce, VA

About Me Casual Hobbyist

Pros

  • Well Packaged

Cons

  • Susceptible to Pests

Best Uses

    Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed Cinderella:

    I ordered 9 plants; planted 6 and gave 3 away. None of my 6 ever bloomed, but I planted in early May and may not have provided enough water. Huge number of yellow aphids -- have never seen yellow aphids here before, and I couldn't get rid of them (tried blasting with water, and hand rubbing them off the plants -- they just kept coming back). Maybe I didn't do enough for them, or maybe they are difficult plants to maintain???

     
    5.0

    Plants are thriving in my area

    By Doug DRT

    from Elmendorf, Texas

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Pros

    • Growing Fast
    • Low Maintenance
    • Reliable Growth

    Cons

    • Attracting The Ladybugs
    • Lots Of Ladybugs Now
    • Susceptible to Pests

    Best Uses

    • Grow Near Wet Area

    Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed Cinderella:

    The plants were delivered in good condition and started to grow as soon as they were put in the ground.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Supposed to be Pink

    By Stephanie

    from Benicia, CA

    About Me Casual Hobbyist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Fast Growing From Roots
    • Low Maintenance

    Cons

    • Colors Not As Expected

    Best Uses

    • Large Areas

    Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed Cinderella:

    These were supposed to bloom pink. Only 1 plant actually sprouted a bloom, and it was white. These were soon covered in ahpids, but the plants weren't bothered or harmed.
    Hopefully they will overwinter ok and be better next year.

     
    4.0

    Arrived well packaged; all grew

    By Betty

    from VA

    About Me Casual Hobbyist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Reliable Growth
    • Well Packaged

    Cons

    • Attracks Aphids
    • Needs Extensive Watering

    Best Uses

    • Wherever

    Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed Cinderella:

    None of them ever budded but I think that is because I got them in the ground late and we had a very dry summer. I'll remember that next year and get them in much earlier. Horrible attack of yellow aphids -- never have seen them before I got this butterfly weed.

     
    5.0

    very happy w/ this plant! very prolific!

    By marciemaybell

    from long island, NY

    About Me Casual Hobbyist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed Cinderella:

          bloomed perfectly and am looking forward to next year when I can enjoy the butterflies it will attract!

           
          3.0

          attracted hummingbirds

          By joe k

          from joliet il

          About Me Avid Gardener

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Vivid Colors

          Cons

          • Colors Not As Expected

          Best Uses

          • Raised Beds

          Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed Cinderella:

          The plants grew okay, not as many blloms as expected, only attracted wasp and hummingbirds

           
          5.0

          perfect

          By robinseeber

          from west alexander, pa

          About Me Avid Gardener, I Raise Monarchs, Master Naturalist

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Keep It Watered
          • Low Maintenance
          • Reliable Growth

          Cons

          • Susceptible to Pests

          Best Uses

          • Beautiful
          • Easy To Grow
          • Fun For The Family
          • Monarch Breeding

          Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed Cinderella:

          The first set I received were white, no problem I love them, this set is pink, so they say, that will be fine too. The monarchs are all over it when it's time, it's fun to raise them, please help our Monarchs and plant this fine plant. Monarchwatch.com... a great site for information to help our butterflies

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Color Not As Advertised

          By Birdy Mom

          from Watervliet, NY

          About Me Avid Gardener

          Pros

          • Low Maintenance
          • Reliable Growth

          Cons

          • Colors Not As Expected

          Best Uses

            Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed Cinderella:

            I received this plant as a gift purchased by my daughter specifically because it was shown on the website as pink. It has very pure white flowers which while pretty, do not really fit into my overall color scheme/layout in the garden. I am extremely disappointed.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Received white flowers not Pink

            By MichGardener

            from Auburn Hills, MI

            About Me Avid Gardener

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Fragrant
            • Low Maintenance
            • Reliable Growth

            Cons

            • Colors Not As Expected

            Best Uses

            • Large Areas

            Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed Cinderella:

            Disappointed expected pink Cinderella butterfly weed plants, instead they all have white flowers. Not going to order again. Can't trust that Meadows will send plant material

             
            5.0

            Wonderfully Whimsical!

            By Lee the gardener

            from Georgia, VT

            About Me Avid Gardener

            Pros

            • Low Maintenance
            • Pest Resistant

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Cut Flowers
              • Large Areas

              Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed Cinderella:

              Just starting to revamp an old farm house and the property around it. Planted it in several areas and it did very well under different conditions. Looking forward to moving it to the back of a border where it will stand out in the mass.

               
              4.0

              good choice

              By Kae

              from Newark, OH

              About Me Master Gardener

              Pros

              • Fragrant
              • Long Bloom Time
              • Low Maintenance
              • Pest Resistant
              • Reliable Growth
              • Vivid Colors

              Cons

              • Needs Extensive Watering

              Best Uses

                Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed Cinderella:

                I have other swamp milkweed and this performed as expected.

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I love, need, and want this new color.

                By treasured

                from Eagle Rock, MO

                About Me Avid Gardener

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Accurate Instructions
                • Attractive
                • Fragrant
                • Hardy
                • Healthy
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Garden
                  • Outdoors
                  • Patio
                  • Pool Area

                  Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed Cinderella:

                  The orange butterfly weed grows wild here, it is absolutely beautiful. I can just imagine the red, yellow and orange all grouped together. I bet it would be a wonderful site in my rock gardens.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Perfect Plant for Butterfly "growing"

                  By AcesWilde

                  from Westerville, Ohio

                  About Me Avid Gardener

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate Instructions
                  • Attractive
                  • Hardy
                  • Healthy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Garden

                    Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed Cinderella:

                    This plant is hardy and the only plant that Monarchs lay eggs on. Last year I "grew" my own butterflies:)

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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