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Red Milkweed Asclepias lanceolata


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Red Milkweed
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Alternate name: Lanceleaf Milkweed, Few-flower Milkweed

Family: Asclepiadaceae, Milkweed view all from this family

Description Native herbaceous perennial, erect, to 4 feet tall. Flower: orange, several, densely-flowered, mostly stalkless, umbels. Fruit: pods with many seeds on silky hairs
Leaf: lance-like to linear or broadly oblong, rough edges, stalkless, downy beneath.

A wetland indicator; a host plant for larval monarch and queen butterflies. Other common names: fewflower milkweed, sidecluster milkweed, coastal milkweed.

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 Summer, June to September.

Flower May - August.

Habitat Wetlands and coastal plain.

Range Mid-Atlantic and southeastern U.S., from New Jersey south to Florida, west to Tennessee and Texas.

Exposure Preference Sun.

Native Distribution Coastal Plain from s. New Jersey to Florida & s.e. Texas

Site Preference Fresh to brackish marshes; wet pinelands

Soil Preference Wet soils