The hard to find Purple Milkweed (Asclepias purpurascens) is a herbaceous plant species. It is in the genus Asclepias, making it a type of milkweed. It is native to the Eastern, Southern and Midwestern United States *similar to the range of the Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). Asclepias purpurascens is rare and sparsely distributed throughout its range, and is in imminent danger of extirpation from New England. Its prognosis is extremely pessimistic here unless substantial conservation action is taken.
The plant gets its name from the flowers that first develop a pink to magenta color but then turn darker purple as they mature.