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Pinewoods Milkweed Asclepias humistrata

 

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Pinewoods Milkweed
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Alternate name: Sandhill Milkweed

Family: Asclepiadaceae, Milkweed view all from this family



Description The smooth, stout, unbranched stems of this milkweed generally occur in spreading clusters which ascend 1-1 1/2 ft. The spreading habit; 5-10 pairs of broad, clasping leaves; tan-colored flowers buds; a nearly white crown; and erect fruits on drooping pedicels are the perennial's prominent features. Leaves are distinctly purple-veined and the white flowers sometimes have a touch of lavender.


Warning All plants in the genus Asclepias are probably somewhat toxic, some fatally so, to both humans and animals. The sap of some causes skin irritation in humans. Sensitivity to a toxin varies with a personís age, weight, physical condition, and individual susceptibility. Children are most vulnerable because of their curiosity and small size. Toxicity can vary in a plant according to season, the plantís different parts, and its stage of growth; and plants can absorb toxic substances, such as herbicides, pesticides, and pollutants from the water, air, and soil.


Flower March - June.


Flower March - June


Habitat Sand hills; dry, oak woods; pine barrens.


Range Se. Louisiana to Florida, north to North Carolina


Comments This flower tolerates very hot, dry conditions.


Exposure Preference Sun to partial sun.


Native Distribution S.e. Louisiana to Florida, n. to North Carolina


Site Preference Sand hills; dry, oak woods; pine barrens


Soil Preference Dry, sandy soils.


 

 

 

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