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Fewflower milkweed
Asclepias lanceolata
Asclepiadaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower and butterfly gardens.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

An occasional but widespread understory herb in open freshwater wetlands and pinelands.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
Erect medium wildflower, with narrow leaves; barely noticeable when not in flower.
Dimensions:
Typically 2-3 feet in height. Taller than broad.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Southeastern United States north to New Jersey, west to Texas and south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland.
Habitats:
Wet pinelands and marl prairies.
Soils:
Wet to moist, seasonally inundated calcareous or sandy soils, without humus.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Drought Tolerance:
Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Red and orange.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy.
Flowering Season:
Summer.
Fruit:
Slender pod (follicle) with wind dispersed seeds.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Larval host plant for monarch (Danaus plexippus) and queen (Danaus gilippus) butterflies; possible larval host of soldier (Danaus eresimus) butterflies. Nectar plant for monarch (Danaus plexippus) and other butterflies. Also provides nectar for other insects.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.
Comments:
An excellent butterfly plant for wet spots in the garden.


 


Roger L. Hammer
Keith A. Bradley
Shirly Denton
Shirly Denton
John Bradford