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Asclepias feayi

Asclepias feayi Chapm. ex A. Gray

Florida Milkweed

Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)

Synonym(s): Asclepiodella feayi

USDA Symbol: ASFE4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

After dying back in winter, stems (20-51 cm tall) resprout in spring with opposite leaves that are narrowly linear and about 5-8 cm long. The inflorescence is an umbel and the individual flowers (5-8 cm in diameter) have white (sometimes tinged with pink or magenta) spreading corolla lobes (6-8 mm long). The central area containing the pistil and stamens is a dark magenta. (Bibref 1784) (Bibref 1785)

"The name feayi honors physician and botanist William T. Feay (1803-1879). The species is also called Feay's milkweed and can be found growing in open, sandy areas in association with wiregrass (Aristida stricta). It was first described in 1877." (Bibref 1784)

 

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Inflorescence: Umbel
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug

Distribution

USA: FL
Native Distribution: Central peninsula of Florida. (Bibref 1785)
Native Habitat: "Endemic to sandhills and scrubby flatwoods in Clay County and from Pasco, Lake, Orange, and Brevard Counties south to Collier, Glades, and Indian River Counties." (Bibref 1784)

Additional resources

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

Metadata

Record Modified: 2018-03-28
Research By: DEW, NH

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