Asclepias incarnata

Asclepias incarnata

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Asclepias incarnata is a pollinator popular with many insects, especially Monarchs. And true to its name, it likes areas that stay a little wet, but it can tolerate some drought. Stems and leaves contain a milky sap that exudes when plants are damaged whether naturally or by caterpillars.  The sap locks the jaws of caterpillars, but they have found a way to trick the plant. Caterpillars surgically bite the stem which then “bleeds off” the sap; they can then feed at their leisure.At the end of the season, seed pods split and release seeds with parachutes that drift away on the wind. Know that you will likely get free “volunteer” milk weed plants the following year, which some people consider both a plus and a minus.Plants are attractive to oleander aphids whose damage looks worse than it is in fact. The plant is not attractive to deer, rabbits and other herbivores.Interesting Notes:For more detailed and technical information on this plant, visit the USDA PLANTS Database: http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ASIN

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