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Asclepias lanceolata

Fewflower milkweed, Few-flower milkweed, Red milkweed

Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)

Asclepias lanceolata (Fewflower milkweed)
Fannon, Carolyn
A smooth, slender, upright perennial, 3-5 ft. tall, with long, linear to lance-shaped leaves. Somewhat sparse heads of bright orange-red milkweed flowers grow at the ends of long, slender purplish stems.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Orange
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AL , DE , FL , GA , LA , MD , MS , NJ , NC , SC , TN , TX , VA
Native Distribution: Coastal Plain from s. NJ to FL & s.e. TX
Native Habitat: Fresh to brackish marshes; wet pinelands

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil Description: Wet soils, both fresh and brackish.
Conditions Comments: In the wild, typically grows with Salt Marshmallow (Kosteletzkya virginica).

Last Update: 2013-10-24