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Asclepias purpurascens (Purple milkweed)
Vick, Albert F. W.

Asclepias purpurascens

Asclepias purpurascens L.

Purple milkweed

Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: ASPU2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

An oak-hickory savannah indicator species. The flower colour is deep magenta-red. The milky juice has been used to remove warts.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Shape: Elliptic , Oblong
Inflorescence: Umbel
Fruit:

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red

Distribution

USA: AR , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SD , TN , TX , VA , WI , WV
Canada: ON
Native Habitat: Savannah,Prairie/Meadow/Field

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry

Benefit

Warning: All parts poisonous. Toxic only in large quantities. Syptoms include, vomiting, stupor, weakness, spasms. Toxic Principle: Cardiac glycosides and resinoids. (Poisonous Plants of N.C. State)
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees
Special Value to Honey Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: FACU FACU FACU FACU FACU
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

Toadshade Wildflower Farm - Frenchtown, NJ

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Delaware Nature Society - Hockessin, DE
Natural Biodiversity - Johnstown, PA
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
* Available Online from Wildflower Center Store

Bibliography

Bibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
* The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Asclepias purpurascens in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Asclepias purpurascens in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Asclepias purpurascens

Metadata

Record Modified: 2012-12-07
Research By: TWC Staff

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