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Asclepias amplexicaulis

Clasping Milkweed, Sand Milkweed, Bluntleaf Milkweed

Scientific Name:

Asclepias amplexicaulis

Genus:

Asclepias

Species Epithet:

amplexicaulis

Common Name:

Clasping Milkweed, Sand Milkweed, Bluntleaf Milkweed

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Apocynaceae (Dogbane Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Pink, Green, Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

May, June, July

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

“Sandhills, other dry woodlands of various types.” Weakley 2015

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Not Assigned

Notes:

Milkweed species are the food source for Monarch butterfly caterpillars and have special value for native bees. Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

The wavy-edged, clasping leaves are a good identification mark for Clasping Milkweed.

It is common in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain in open woods, clearings and roadsides.

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Paynter, May 2012, Ev-Henwood Preserve, Supply

Flowers

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Plant

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Camille Collins

Bloom with friend

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Camille Collins

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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