Asclepias meadii Torr. ex A. Gray
Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)
USDA Symbol: ASME
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service officially listed Asclepias meadii as “Threatened” in 1988. Historical records indicate this species has been rare since the arrival of Europeans in North America (Woodson, 1941) and their destruction of native prairies by European agricultural practices and urbanization.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Size Notes: 12-36 in.
Leaf: 2-6 pairs of opposite, narrow, tapering off to a point. Length 2-2.8 inches. Width 4-2 inches. Hairless.
Flower: Usually has one nodding umbel per stem, approximately 15 flowers with .8 inches long pedicels. Flower color is greenish or slightly yellow with occasional hints of purple, and the texture of the flower appears to be waxy. The individual flowers have 5 tubular hood shaped structures; and have horns that protrude out from them.
Fruit: Seeds mature from July to October. Color of the pods are originally green, but as they mature turn brown. Pods grow to be 1 ˝ to 4 inches long.
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: May , Jun
DistributionUSA: IA , IL , IN , KS , MO , WI
Native Habitat: Native tall grass prairies and some glades in the Ozarks, Missouri. It grows well in prairies that are regularly burned and in rocky open areas. In general areas with low competition from other plants.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Threatened & Endangered StatusUSFWS Species Profile: Q1T6Status:
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Asclepias meadii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Asclepias meadii in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2014-11-12
Research By: DEW