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Asclepias michauxii Decne.
Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)
USDA Symbol: ASMI12
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
This milkweed grows 4 to 16 inches high and has narrow leaves. The leaf arrangement is variable. The flowers are small and have greenish-yellow petals with some purple markings. The hoods are tall and pointed (Lewis)
Flowering from April to June in dry, sandy pine woods (Lewis).
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate , Opposite
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous
Leaf Margin: Entire
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Inflorescence: Terminal , Umbel
Fruit Type: Follicle
Size Notes: Up to about 16 inches tall.
Flower: Inflorescence a terminal umbel
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Green , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: AL , FL , GA , LA , MS , SC
Native Distribution: Coastal plain of SC, GA, AL, MS and southeastern LA and northern FL.
Native Habitat: Pine savannas.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Drought Tolerance: Medium
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: Grows on sand hilla and on sandy soils in pine woods.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Larval Host: Monarch butterfly.
Nectar Source: yes
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
BibliographyBibref 599 - Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (1968) Radford, A., H. Ahles & C.R. Bell
Bibref 1247 - Wildflowers of Mississippi (unpublished manuscript) (0) A.D. Lewis
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Asclepias michauxii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Asclepias michauxii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Asclepias michauxii
MetadataRecord Modified: 2018-06-27
Research By: JAM