Wild Florida Photo - Asclepias lanceolata

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Asclepias lanceolata



Florida native


A frequent milkweed of wet flatwoods, wet prairies and floodplain forests throughout most of Florida. The range includes the Gulf and Atlantic coastal states from Texas into New Jersey, plus Tennessee.
A tall perennial with smooth, slender, unbranched stems to 1 m (~3 ft.) tall. The few linear or narrowly lanceolate leaves are opposite, 3-13 mm (1/8-1/2 in.) wide and 10-20 cm (4-8 in.) long. The red to reddish-orange or reddish-purple flowers are in terminal umbels and have five reflexed lobes, five petals and five stamens. Blooming season is mostly spring through fall, but can be all year in south Florida.
Similar species are A. tuberosa - butterfly weed - which has alternate leaves, and the non-native A. curassavica - scarlet milkweed - which has leaves wider than 1 cm (3/8 in.).

Asclepias lanceolata is a member of the Apocynaceae - Dogbane family.

Other species of the Asclepias genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Asclepias michauxii - MICHAUX'S MILKWEED
  View  Asclepias tuberosa - BUTTERFLY WEED
  View  Asclepias verticillata - WHORLED MILKWEED
  View  Asclepias pedicellata - SAVANNAH MILKWEED
  View  Asclepias curtissii - CURTISS' MILKWEED
  View  Asclepias viridiflora - GREEN MILKWEED
  View  Asclepias perennis - SWAMP MILKWEED
  View  Asclepias cinerea - CAROLINA MILKWEED
  View  Asclepias curassavica - SCARLET MILKWEED
  View  Asclepias humistrata - PINEWOODS MILKWEED
  View  Asclepias longifolia - LONGLEAF MILKWEED
  View  Asclepias tomentosa - VELVETLEAF MILKWEED

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  Robert G. Haehle; Joan Brookwell
 Low Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening

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