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Fewflower milkweed
Asclepias lanceolata
Apocynaceae
 

Copyright by: George D. Gann, 14 January 2015
In habitat, Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower and butterfly gardens.

Ecological Restoration Notes: An occasional but widespread understory herb in open freshwater wetlands and pinelands.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.

Description: Erect medium wildflower, with narrow leaves; barely noticeable when not in flower.

Dimensions: Typically 2-3 feet in height. Taller than broad.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Southeastern United States north to New Jersey, west to Texas and south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Wet pinelands and marl prairies.

Soils: Wet to moist, seasonally inundated calcareous or sandy soils, without humus.

Nutritional Requirements: Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.

Drought Tolerance: Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: Red and orange.

Flower Characteristics: Showy.

Flowering Season: Summer.

Fruit: Slender pod (follicle) with wind dispersed seeds.

Wildlife and Ecology: Larval host plant for monarch (Danaus plexippus) and queen (Danaus gilippus) butterflies; possible larval host of soldier (Danaus eresimus) butterflies. Nectar plant for monarch (Danaus plexippus) and other butterflies. Also provides nectar for other insects.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.

Comments: An excellent butterfly plant for wet spots in the garden.


Copyright by: George D. Gann, 14 January 2015
In habitat, Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida

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