Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial
Has milky sap (latex)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in moist forests, slopes, & forest margins, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite
Leaves have petioles.

FLOWER:
Summer
Greenish-white (often tinged with rose)
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-merous
5-lobed corolla, lobes reflexed
Superior ovary
Flowers in loose, few-flowered, drooping umbels from upper leaf axils

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Follicle

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Gentianales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Asclepias exaltata   FAMILY Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Asclepias exaltata   FAMILY Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 157-01-007:
Asclepias exaltata   FAMILY Asclepiadaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Poke Milkweed, Tall Milkweed


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_asex_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm120517_060

May    Yancey County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Leaves are thin, broadly elliptic, tapered at both ends, mostly smooth, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

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JK Marlow    jkm120517_063

May    Yancey County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_asclepias_exaltata_20

May        

Flowers in loosely-flowered, drooping umbels from upper leaf axils, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_asclepias_exaltata_s2

May        

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JK Marlow    jkm140607_534

June    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

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JK Marlow    jkm150607_304

June    McDowell County?    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm150607_306

June    McDowell County?    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm150607_310

June    McDowell County?    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm150607_313

June    McDowell County?    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Leaves resemble those of Pokeweed, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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JK Marlow    jkm060723_081

July    Haywood County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Stem simple, solitary, 5-10dm tall, glabrous or sparsely puberulent, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm080726_062b

July    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

SC's only milkweed w smooth, broad, stalked leaves & smooth erect follicles, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

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JK Marlow    jkm090709_222

July    Haywood County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

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JK Marlow    jkm090709_224

July    Haywood County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

Corolla lobes reflexed; corona horns arching high, 1.5-2x long as corona hoods, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm140704_562

July    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

The small green sepals alternate with the larger greenish-white petals.

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Keith Bradley    kab_a_exaltata_1723

July    Haywood County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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Ron Lance    rwl_asclepias_exaltatum

July    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm150808_612

August    Watauga County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway, Moses Cone Park

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JK Marlow    jkm150808_613

August    Watauga County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway, Moses Cone Park

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JK Marlow    jkm150808_615

August    Watauga County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway, Moses Cone Park

Caterpillars of the Milkweed Tussock Moth hatch and feed together, per Milkweeds, Monarchs and More by Rea, Oberhauser, and Quinn.

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JK Marlow    jkm111008_768

October    Jackson County    NC

Balsam Mountain Preserve