Asclepias incarnata var. pulchra is a variety of Swamp milkweed found growing throughout eastern North American wetlands. Eastern rose milkweed is similar to Asclepias incarnata var. incarnata but stands out with broader leaves, a bushier appearance, and pubescent stems. Asclepias incarnata var. pulchra grows 2-4' tall in a multistemmed habit. Well-loved by pollinators, the eastern rose milkweed attracts bees and butterflies and is a host plant for the Monarch butterfly. In the fall, Eastern rose milkweed leaves turn somewhat yellow in appearance, and their seed heads release soft parachutes of seeds, which shine in the sunlight.
Asclepias incarnata var. pulchra is a variation of milkweed distinctive to the east coast of North America. Asclepias incarnata var. pulchra features pubescent leaves and stem, along with a slightly larger, clumping stature. This provides a more abundant food source for caterpillars. Usually by late September, Asclepias incarnata var. pulchra releases seeds upon fluffy comas (nature’s parachutes) aiding in wind dispersal.