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Saturday - August 20, 2005

From: Durham, NC
Region: Southeast
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Smarty Plants on milkweed
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

I am looking for a photo of the local milkweed in the state of North Carolina. The name would be a help also. I am raising butterflies and I am in dire need of plants.

ANSWER:

There are several milkweeds to choose from that grow in North Carolina:

1. Asclepias humistrata or Pinewoods milkweed
2. A. incarnata or Swamp milkweed
3. A. lanceolata or Few-flower milkweed
4. A. syriaca or Common milkweed
5. A. tomentosa or Tuba milkweed
6. A. tuberosa or Orange milkweed
7. A. verticillata or Whorled milkweed.

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