Swamp milkweed, pink milkweed and rose milkweed.
Swamp milkweed is in the Apocynaceae, or dogbane, Family.
Swamp milkweed is a perennial wildflower that grows to a height of about 3 feet.
The leaves are opposite with entire margins. They are stalked and are oblong to linear-lanceolate in shape. If broken the leaves exude a milky sap.
The pink flowers appear in umbels at the end of the plant stalks. Flowering occurs in the summer and fall.
Swamp milkweed grows in moist areas such as wet woods, stream banks, lake margins, drainage ditches and wet fence rows.
Swamp milkweed is native to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
In the home landscape it grows in full sun with average to moist soils. It needs a good source of sunlight in order for it to produce flowers, and constant moisture to keep it thriving.
The flowers are a source of nectar for many insects including bees, beetles, butterflies, flies, and wasps.
The foliage, and seed pods, are larval food for the monarch, queen, and soldier butterflies.
Can be grown easily from seed and transplanted when small. It can also be propagated by cuttings.