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Asclepias tuberosa ssp. tuberosa

Asclepias tuberosa L. ssp. tuberosa

Butterfly Milkweed, Butterflyweed

Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Follicle
Size Notes: Up to about 30 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: Usually bright orange with red markings on hoods, sometimes yellow.


USA: AK , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WV
Native Habitat: Sandhills, sandy uplands, woodlands, pine flatwoods, roadsides.

Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2021-05-17
Research By: CBR

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