OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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Most habitat and range descriptions were obtained from Weakley's Flora.

Your search found 33 taxa in the family Asclepiadaceae, Milkweed family, as understood by PLANTS National Database.

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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Eastern Swamp Milkweed

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Asclepias incarnata var. pulchra   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Asclepias incarnata ssp. pulchra   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Asclepias incarnata ssp. pulchra 157-01-001b   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Marshes, bogs, swamps

Common in NC, uncommon in Mountains & Piedmont of SC (rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Swamp Milkweed, Swampforest Milkweed, Swamp White Milkweed, Aquatic Milkweed

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Asclepias perennis   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Asclepias perennis   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Asclepias perennis 157-01-002   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Cypress-gum swamps, bottomland hardwood forests, marshes

Common in Coastal Plain of GA & SC (rare in NC)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Whorled Milkweed, Narrowleaf Milkweed

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Asclepias verticillata   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Asclepias verticillata   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Asclepias verticillata 157-01-003   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Barrens, thin soils of rock outcrops (especially mafic or calcareous rocks), open woodlands, longleaf pine sandhills, pine flatwoods, road and powerline rights-of-way

Common in Piedmont (rare in NC Coastal Plain) (uncommon elsewhere in GA-NC-SC)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Butterfly Milkweed, Eastern Butterflyweed, Pleurisy Root, Wind Root

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Asclepias tuberosa var. tuberosa   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Asclepias tuberosa ssp. tuberosa   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Asclepias tuberosa ssp. tuberosa 157-01-004a   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Woodland margins, roadsides, pastures

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Purple Savanna Milkweed, "Red Milkweed", Bog Milkweed

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Asclepias rubra   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Asclepias rubra   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Asclepias rubra 157-01-005   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Pocosin ecotones, wet pine savannas, seepage bogs in longleaf pine sandhills, seepage swamps

Uncommon in Carolina Coastal Plain (rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Fewflower Milkweed, Red Milkweed

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Asclepias lanceolata   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Asclepias lanceolata   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Asclepias lanceolata 157-01-006   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Swamps, fresh to slightly brackish marshes, wet pine savannas

Common in Coastal Plain of GA & SC, uncommon in NC

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Poke Milkweed, Tall Milkweed

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Asclepias exaltata   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Asclepias exaltata   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Asclepias exaltata 157-01-007   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Moist forests, slopes, and forest margins

Common in Mountains, rare in Piedmont

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Wavyleaf Milkweed, Clasping Milkweed, Sand Milkweed, Blunt-leaved Milkweed

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Asclepias amplexicaulis   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Asclepias amplexicaulis   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Asclepias amplexicaulis 157-01-008   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Longleaf pine sandhills, barrens, sandy prairies, other dry woodlands of various types

Common (uncommon in NC Mountains)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Fourleaf Milkweed

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Asclepias quadrifolia   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Asclepias quadrifolia   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Asclepias quadrifolia 157-01-009   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Moist to dryish forests and forest margins, most common on mafic and calcareous substrates

Common in Mountains (uncommon in NC Piedmont, rare in SC Piedmont)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Common Milkweed

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Asclepias syriaca   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Asclepias syriaca   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Asclepias syriaca 157-01-010   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Prairies, floodplains, pastures, roadsides, disturbed areas

Common in Mountains & Piedmont of NC (rare or waifs elsewhere in GA-NC-SC)

Native to the Mountains & Piedmont of NC

 


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camera icon Common Name: Pinewoods Milkweed, Fleshy Milkweed, Sandhill Milkweed

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Asclepias humistrata   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Asclepias humistrata   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Asclepias humistrata 157-01-011   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Longleaf pine sandhills and Florida scrub

Common in Coastal Plain (rare elsewhere)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: White Milkweed, Redring Milkweed, Variegated Milkweed

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Asclepias variegata   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Asclepias variegata   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Asclepias variegata 157-01-012   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Upland forests and woodlands

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Purple Milkweed

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Asclepias purpurascens   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Asclepias purpurascens   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Asclepias purpurascens 157-01-013   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Openings in moist bottomlands and swamp forests, prairies and meadows (rich, wet to mesic), woodlands, perhaps mostly on soils derived from mafic or calcareous rocks

Rare

Native to North Carolina & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Michaux's Milkweed

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Asclepias michauxii   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Asclepias michauxii   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Asclepias michauxii 157-01-014   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Pine savannas

Common in GA, uncommon in SC

Native to South Carolina & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Sandhill Milkweed, Velvetleaf Milkweed

Weakley's Flora: (4/14/23) Asclepias tomentosa   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Asclepias tomentosa   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Asclepias tomentosa 157-01-015   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Longleaf pine sandhills, coastal dunes

Uncommon in NC Coastal Plain (rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Pineland Milkweed, Green Milkweed

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Asclepias obovata   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Asclepias obovata   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Asclepias obovata 157-01-016   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Longleaf pine sandhills, other woodlands and savannas

Uncommon

Native to South Carolina & Georgia

 


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Common Name: Carolina Milkweed, Ashy Milkweed, Walter's Milkweed

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Asclepias cinerea   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Asclepias cinerea   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Asclepias cinerea 157-01-017   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Pine savannas

Common in GA, rare in SC (historically in NC, but not recently seen)

Native to South Carolina & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Longleaf Milkweed, Savanna Milkweed

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Asclepias longifolia   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Asclepias longifolia   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Asclepias longifolia 157-01-018   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Wet pine savannas

Common (rare in NC)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Barrens Milkweed, Green Milkweed, Prairie Milkweed

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Asclepias hirtella   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Asclepias hirtella   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Limestone glades, prairies

Rare

Native to Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Glade Milkweed, Green Milkweed

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Asclepias viridiflora   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Asclepias viridiflora   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Asclepias viridiflora 157-01-019   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Open woodlands, woodland edges, barrens, glades, especially over mafic or calcareous rocks, and also in disturbed areas

Uncommon (rare in Coastal Plain)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Stalked Milkweed, Savanna Milkweed

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Asclepias pedicellata   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Asclepias pedicellata   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Asclepias pedicellata 157-01-020   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Dry pine savannas, wet pine flatwoods

Rare in GA-NC-SC

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Largeflower Milkweed

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Asclepias connivens   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Asclepias connivens   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Wet pine flatwoods, seepage bogs

Common in GA, rare in SC

Native to South Carolina & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Green Antelope-horn, Spider Milkweed, Green Milkweed

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Asclepias viridis   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Asclepias viridis   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Prairies, dry woodlands, calcareous hammocks, pine rocklands

Rare

Native to Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Bluevine, Sandvine, Honeyvine

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Cynanchum laeve   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cynanchum laeve   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Cynanchum laeve 157-02-001   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Bottomlands and disturbed areas

Uncommon in GA Mountains, uncommon in Coastal Plain of GA & NC (rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Swallow-wort, Sand-vine, Gulf Coast Swallow-wort, Marsh Cynanchum

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Pattalias paluster   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cynanchum angustifolium   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Cynanchum palustre 157-02-002   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Coastal hammocks, edges of marshes, generally or always on barrier islands

Common in Coastal Plain (uncommon in NC)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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Common Name: Leafless Swallowwort, Cynanchum

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Orthosia scoparia   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cynanchum scoparium   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Cynanchum scoparium 157-02-003   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Coastal hammocks, other hardwood hammocks

Rare

Native to South Carolina & Georgia

 


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Common Name: Black Swallow-wort, Dog-Strangling Vine

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Vincetoxicum nigrum   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cynanchum louiseae   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Disturbed areas

Non-native: Mediterranean Europe

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Eastern Anglepod

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Gonolobus suberosus var. suberosus   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Matelea gonocarpos   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

INCLUDING Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Matelea gonocarpa 157-03-001 & 002   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Mesic to wet forests and thickets

Common (rare in Carolina Mountains)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Northern Spinypod, Limerock Milkvine, Climbing Milkvine

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Matelea obliqua   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Matelea obliqua   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Matelea obliqua 157-03-003   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: In forests, woodlands, or thickets over calcareous rocks

Rare (historically in NC Piedmont, but not recently seen)

Native to North Carolina & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Deceptive Spinypod

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Matelea decipiens   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

INCLUDING & INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Matelea decipiens   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

INCLUDING & INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Matelea decipiens 157-03-004   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Woodlands and thickets, generally over calcareous substrates

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Carolina Spinypod, Climbing Milkweed, Climbing Milkvine, Maroon Carolina Milkvine

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Matelea carolinensis   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Matelea carolinensis   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Matelea carolinensis 157-03-005   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Moist to dry, nutrient-rich forests

Common in Piedmont & GA Mountains (rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Yellow Spinypod, Yellow Carolina Milkvine

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Matelea flavidula   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Matelea flavidula   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Matelea flavidula 157-03-006   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Moist, nutrient-rich forests

Rare

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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Common Name: Silkvine

Weakley's Flora: (4/14/23) Periploca graeca   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Periploca graeca   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Periploca graeca 157-XX   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Habitat: Disturbed areas

Non-native: Mediterranean Europe

 


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