Asclepias lanceolata Walter
Fewflower Milkweed, Few-flower Milkweed, Red Milkweed
Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)
Synonym(s): Asclepias lanceolata var. paupercula
USDA Symbol: ASLA2
A smooth, slender, upright perennial, 3-5 ft. tall, with long, linear to lance-shaped leaves. Somewhat sparse heads of bright orange-red milkweed flowers grow at the ends of long, slender purplish stems.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Follicle
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Orange
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AL , DE , FL , GA , LA , MD , MS , NC , NJ , SC , TN , TX , VA
Native Distribution: Coastal Plain from s. NJ to FL & s.e. TX
Native Habitat: Fresh to brackish marshes; wet pinelands
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil Description: Wet soils, both fresh and brackish.
Conditions Comments: In the wild, typically grows with Salt Marshmallow (Kosteletzkya virginica).
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees
Special Value to Honey Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Crosby Arboretum - Picayune, MS
BibliographyBibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Asclepias lanceolata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Asclepias lanceolata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Asclepias lanceolata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2013-10-24
Research By: TWC Staff