Asclepias ovalifolia Decne.
Oval-leaf milkweed, Dwarf milkweed
Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)
USDA Symbol: asov
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Shape: Lanceolate , Oval , Ovate
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
BenefitWarning: All parts. 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
Larval Host: Monarch
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial 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.
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BibliographyBibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright
Bibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Asclepias ovalifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Asclepias ovalifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Asclepias ovalifolia
MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-02-19
Research By: TWC Staff