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Asclepias rubra L.
Red Milkweed, Tall Pink Bog Milkweed
Synonyms: Asclepias laurifolia
USDA Symbol: asru
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Herbaceous perennial with narrow, mostly glabrous stems 16 to 40 in height. Leaves opposite, ovate or lanceolate, 5-15 cm in length; sessile or nearly so. Inflorescences terminal and axillary from upper leaf nodes in many-flowered umbels. Flowers showy; color varies from lavender to pink to dull-red. Follicles 8-12cm long.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Blooms late spring to summer.
AL , AR , DE , FL , GA , LA , MD , MS , NC , NJ , NY , PA , SC , TX , VA Native Distribution:
NY south to FL, west to AR and TX. Native Habitat:
Bogs and marshy area in meadows and pine barrens. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Drought Tolerance: Low
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Moist to wet acidic soils.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Useful for wetland gardens or landscapes with permanently moist soils.
Use Wildlife: Larval food for Monarch butterfly.
Use Food: Poisonous.
Warning: All parts poisonous.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Larval Host: Monarch butterfly.
Nectar Source: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
- Johnstown, PA
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Record Modified: 2009-09-11
Research By: JAM