Milkweed leaves going bad?

Asked May 12, 2020, 7:39 PM EDT

I have a milkweed plant and the leaves are turning a weird purple red color along with spots can somebody please let me know what's going on.

Onondaga County New York

1 Response

Thank you for contacting us. It is difficult to do a diagnosis from a photo. However, purpling leaves are generally due to cold temperatures (such as those we have had in the northeast lately) or a nutrient deficiency.

It is unlikely that a native plant would be suffering from a nutrient deficiency, so I suspect it was the cold. As long as new leaves continue to form, the plant should be alright.