Asclepias purpurascens / Purple Milkweed


A fragrant rose-purple milkweed with sweet-scented blooms. A magnet for pollinators. This uncommon species is native to lightly shaded edges and open woods. Deer resistant, non-aggressive. Read more on our blog.

Host for Monarch caterpillars, nectar source for many butterflies. This is a specialized, niche-adapted milkweed species. It is not easy to grow. If you are looking to feed Monarchs in a garden, consider one of the common, easy-to-grow species such as swamp milkweed or common milkweed.

Height: 3′    Blooms: June

Siting: Well-drained to moist soil, part sun to part shade. Tolerates full sun.

Deer Resistance: High

Provenance: NJ

Seasonally Available: This species will be available for purchase after emergence. This is typically in late spring/early summer/autumn. No holds or advance orders.


BONAP 2022 Asclepias purpurascens Native Range Map

Larval Host Plant (butterflies):

Larval Host Plant (moths):
Milkweed Tussock
Striped Garden Caterpillar
Unexpected Cycnia

Additional information


Quart, Deep, Three inch pot, Quart