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Asclepias tuberosa L.
Butterflyweed, Butterfly milkweed

Asclepias tuberosa
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Family: Apocynaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Widespread in North America, including northeastern Mexico.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida


SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

Comments: Visit our Natives For Your Neighborhood website for more information and images and click on the Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants link for more images.

Other data on Asclepias tuberosa available from :

Asclepias tuberosa has been found in the following 42 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
A.D. Doug Barnes Park Present Native
Arch Creek Park Present Native
Big Cypress National Preserve Present Native
Bill Sadowski Park Present Native
Black Creek Forest Present Native
Boystown Pineland Present Native
Camp Owaissa Bauer Present Native
Coral Pines Park Present Native
Coral Reef Park Present Native
Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (CREW) Present Native
County Line Scrub, Miami-Dade County Present Native
Deering Estate at Cutler Present Native
Delray Beach, Lake Ida parcel Present Native, Cultivated Only
Dolphin Center and Dolphin Center Addition Present Native
Dupuis Reserve Present Native
Everglades National Park Present Native
Fern Forest Nature Center Present Native
Fred C. Babcock-Cecil M. Webb Wildlife Management Area Present Native
Gold Coast Railroad Museum Present Native
Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area Present Native
Ingram Pineland Present Native
Juno Dunes Natural Area Present Native
Koreshan State Historic Site Present Native
Larry and Penny Thompson Park Present Native
Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center Present Native
Ludlam Pineland Present Native
Luis Martinez United States Army Reserve Station, Richmond Pine Rocklands Present Native
Navy Wells Pineland Preserve Present Native
Ned Glenn Nature Preserve Present Native
Nixon Smiley Pineland Addition Present Native
Nixon Smiley Pineland Preserve Present Native
Pine Island Ridge Natural Area Present Native
Pine Shore Preserve Present Native
Prairie Pines Preserve Present Native
Rockdale Pineland Present Native
Ron Ehmann Park Present Native
Seminole Wayside Park Present Native
Tamiami Pineland Complex Addition Present Native
Tradewinds Park & Stables Present Native
Trinity Pineland Present Native
Yellow Fever Creek Preserve Present Native
Zoo Miami Present Native

Asclepias tuberosa has been found in the following 7 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Broward County Native
Charlotte County Native
Collier County Native
Hendry County Native
Lee County Native
Miami-Dade County Native
Palm Beach County Native

Asclepias tuberosa has been found in the following 3 habitats :
Mesic Flatwoods
Pine Rockland
Scrubby Flatwoods

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Asclepias tuberosa
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer
Asclepias tuberosa
Copyright by: Susan Trammell
Asclepias tuberosa
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley
Asclepias tuberosa
Copyright by: Shirley Denton
Asclepias tuberosa
Copyright by: Shirley Denton
Asclepias tuberosa
Copyright by: Shirley Denton