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Ice Ballet Swamp Milkweed

 

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'Ice Ballet' Swamp Milkweed is a staple of the butterfly garden, providing essential food, nectar and shelter to Monarchs at every life stage. Clouds of fragrant, bright-white blooms also attract and support a crowd of other pollinators. While many Swamp Milkweeds make their homes in wetlands, 'Ice Ballet' thrives in drier soils. (Asclepias incarnata)

Zones 3 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Birds
Attract Birds
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Fragrant
Fragrant
Native
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 36-42" tall, 24-30" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
SKU AFLXZ31

Plant Information

36-42" tall x 24-30" wide. ‘Ice Ballet’ Swamp Milkweed blooms mid- to late-summer on upright stems that grow in compact clumps. Flowers are followed by decorative seed pods, which split open when mature to release drifts of silky seeds that drift on the wind. Slender, willow-like foliage has a deeper green color than other varieties. In addition to the butterfly garden, ‘Ice Ballet’ performs beautifully in rain gardens, perennial beds, and cottage gardens. Plants tolerate damp soils, making them useful in beautifying low spots and other wet areas. The milky sap makes milkweed unpalatable to deer and rabbits. Swamp milkweed has a deep taproot and therefore do not transplant well. It is best to leave plants undisturbed after planting. Expect to see Queen butterflies, Grey Hairstreaks, as well as hummingbirds visiting the elegant blooms.

36-42" tall, 24-30" wide. Asclepias incarnata is a food source for Monarch butterfly caterpillars and a nectar source for adult butterflies. Also called Swamp Milkweed, this milkweed actually grows well in both moderately moist and wet soils. This perennial milkweed is also an excellent choice for rain gardens.

Native Range for Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed) - AL, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV, WY.

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ABLXZXX
ASLXZ31 (Plant - 3.5" pot) - Out of stock.
ASLXZ09 (Tray of 9) - Out of stock.
AFLXZ31 (Plant - 3.5" pot)
Common Name Swamp Milkweed Ice Ballet
Botanical Name Asclepias incarnata Ice Ballet
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color White
Flower Size Up to 2" flowers
Mature Height 36-42" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 24-30" wide
Growth Rate Medium
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Color Green
Foliage Lanced shaped green leaves.
Native Yes
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Tolerates Wet Sites
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Attract Birds, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant, Native
Additional Information Plant near ponds, bogs or well draining wet areas.
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested.
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting & Care

How to Plant Milkweed, Step-by-Step:

  1. Choose fast-draining soil.
  2. Plant in full sun.
  3. Do NOT disturb roots, especially tap roots.
  4. Water sparingly.

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To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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