Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial
Has milky sap (latex)

Native to the Carolinas
Documented growing wild in - NC SC

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

Look for it in pastures, roadsides, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite
Leaves have petioles.

FLOWER:
Summer
Rose/Greenish-white
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-merous
5-lobed corolla, lobes reflexed
Superior ovary
Flowers in 2-6 umbels from upper leaf axils

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Follicle

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Asclepias syriaca   FAMILY Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 157-01-010:
Asclepias syriaca   FAMILY Asclepiadaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Common Milkweed


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picture of Asclepias syriaca, image of Asclepias syriaca

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_asin13_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_assy_001_lvd

        

picture of Asclepias syriaca, image of Asclepias syriaca

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_syriaca_common

May        

Corolla lobes reflexed; corona horns more or less equaling the hoods, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

picture of Asclepias syriaca, image of Asclepias syriaca

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_syriaca_common_2

June        

picture of Asclepias syriaca, image of Asclepias syriaca

JK Marlow    jkm0407i_23

July    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

picture of Asclepias syriaca, image of Asclepias syriaca

JK Marlow    jkm0507c_03

July    Wise County    VA

Roadside

picture of Asclepias syriaca, image of Asclepias syriaca

JK Marlow    jkm0507c_19

July    Fayette County    WV

Canyon Rim Visitors Center

picture of Asclepias syriaca, image of Asclepias syriaca

JK Marlow    jkm0507i_10b

July    Pocahontas County    WV

Creekside/Riverside

picture of Asclepias syriaca, image of Asclepias syriaca

JK Marlow    jkm0507i_37

July    Pocahontas County    WV

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm0507j_02

July    Pocahontas County    WV

Roadside

picture of Asclepias syriaca, image of Asclepias syriaca

Keith Bradley    kab_a_syriaca_1384

July    Buncombe County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

picture of Asclepias syriaca, image of Asclepias syriaca

JK Marlow    s050709_a

July    Wise County    VA

Roadside

Leaves oblong to slightly oval, 4-6" long, acute at the tip, hairy beneath, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.