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Asclepias rubra L.
Red Milkweed, Tall Pink Bog Milkweed
Synonym(s): Asclepias laurifolia
USDA Symbol: asru
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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.
, VA Native Distribution: NY
south to FL,
west to AR
and TX. Native Habitat:
Bogs and marshy area in meadows and pine barrens.
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
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National Wetland Indicator Status
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 Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
- Johnstown, PA
Record Last Modified: 2013-10-24
Research By: JAM