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Asclepias cinerea (Carolina milkweed)
Cressler, Alan

Asclepias cinerea

Asclepias cinerea Walter

Carolina Milkweed

Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: ASCI5

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Unlike some of its more brightly colored relatives, Carolina Milkweeds 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
Size Notes: To about 2 feet in height.
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

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

Distribution

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

Bibliography

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

Metadata

Record Modified: 2017-08-14
Research By: JAM, NH

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