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Asclepias lanceolata

Few-flower Milkweed

Scientific Name:

Asclepias lanceolata

Genus:

Asclepias

Species Epithet:

lanceolata

Common Name:

Few-flower Milkweed

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Apocynaceae (Dogbane Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft., 3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Red, Orange

Light:

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

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

June, July, August

Growing Area:

Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Swamps, fresh to slightly brackish marshes, wet pine savannas. Uncommon in NC coastal plain.

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:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

The inflorescence of Asclepias lanceolata, or Few-flowered Milkweed, typically consists of a tight cluster of bright orange flowers. This image is from the Francis Marion area of South Carolina.

Will Stuart

The simple, slender, lanceolate stem leaves of Few-flowered Milkweed.

Will Stuart

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NC Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox: https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/asclepias-lanceolata/

Vascular Plants of NC: https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php



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