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Asclepias ovalifolia (Oval-leaf milkweed)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Asclepias ovalifolia

Asclepias ovalifolia Decne.

Oval-leaf Milkweed, Dwarf Milkweed

Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Shape: Lanceolate , Oval , Ovate
Inflorescence: Umbel
Fruit Type: Follicle

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul


USA: IA , IL , MI , MN , MT , ND , SD , WI , WY
Canada: AB , MB , ON , SK

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry


Warning: All parts. Toxic only in large quantities. Syptoms include, vomiting, stupor, weakness, spasms. Toxic Principle: Cardiac glycosides and resinoids. (Poisonous Plants of N.C. State)
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Monarch

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special 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.

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

(Danaus plexippus)

Larval Host
Learn more at BAMONA

Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2009-02-19
Research By: TWC Staff

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