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Asclepias cinerea (Carolina milkweed)
Cressler, Alan

Asclepias cinerea

Asclepias cinerea Walter

Carolina Milkweed

Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)


USDA Symbol: ASCI5

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

"Unlike some of its more brightly colored relatives, Carolina Milkweed's flowers are more or less grayish with touches of lavender and white. The inflorescence consists of 1 to several loosely flowered umbels, each of which has 3-10, 3/8 to 1/2 inch flowers on long, drooping stalks. The stems are thin and erect but typically droop at the tip under the weight of the infloresecence. The 2-4 inch leaves are opposite and narrowly linear in outline. The fruit is a narrow 4 inch follicle." (Bibref 1610)

"The epithet cinerea means ash colored." (Bibref) 1610


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Follicle
Size Notes: To about 2 feet in height.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AL , FL , GA , MS , SC
Native Habitat: "Sandhills, flatwoods, bogs, and pine–scrub oak ridges." (Bibref 1610)


Bibref 1610 - East Gulf Coastal Plain Wildflowers (2005) Nelson, G.

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2017-08-14
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus, NH

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