Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial
Does not have milky sap

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

Common

Look for it in woodland margins, roadsides, pastures, per Weakley's Flora

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

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Orange/Red/Yellow
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-merous
5-lobed corolla, lobes reflexed
Superior ovary

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 tuberosa var. tuberosa   FAMILY Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Asclepias tuberosa ssp. tuberosa   FAMILY Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 157-01-004a:
Asclepias tuberosa ssp. tuberosa   FAMILY Asclepiadaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Butterfly Milkweed, Common Butterflyweed, Pleurisy Root, Wind Root


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JK Marlow    jkm100504_003

May    Greenville County    SC

Stems stout, hirsute to hispid; the sap not milky, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Asclepias tuberosa var. tuberosa

JK Marlow    jkm180504_459

May    Meriwether-Talbot Counties    GA

Sprewell Bluff WMA

Leaves alternate and numerous, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Asclepias tuberosa var. tuberosa

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_tuberosa_z

May        

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Wesley Burnett    gwb070609_0675

June    Pickens County    SC

Roadside

Pollinator at work

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JK Marlow    jkm0506a_26

June    Greenville County    SC

Field

Plant is rough-hairy throughout, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

image of Asclepias tuberosa var. tuberosa

JK Marlow    jkm160615_020

June    Greenville County    SC

Leaves abundant, linear to elliptic, obovate, oblanceolate or hastate, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

image of Asclepias tuberosa var. tuberosa

Keith Bradley    kab_a_tuberosa_9538

June    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

image of Asclepias tuberosa var. tuberosa

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_tuberosa_tuberosa

June        

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Bill Stringer    wcs139_red

June?        

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JK Marlow    jkm080716_001

July    Greenville County    SC

Follicles erect, 8-15 cm long and 1-1.5 cm broad, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Asclepias tuberosa var. tuberosa

Steve Marlow    snm0707041077_022b

July    Greenville County    SC

Pollinator at work... Corolla lobes reflexed; corona horns shorter than hoods, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm080821_008

August    Greenville County    SC

At first glance, early instar Milkweed Bug nymphs look like red aphids, per Milkweeds, Monarchs and More by Rea, Oberhauser, and Quinn.

image of Asclepias tuberosa var. tuberosa

JK Marlow    jkm080821_016

August    Greenville County    SC

Markings on Large Milkweed Bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus) form a black band, per Milkweeds, Monarchs and More by Rea, Oberhauser, and Quinn.

image of Asclepias tuberosa var. tuberosa

JK Marlow    jkm080821_018

August    Greenville County    SC

image of Asclepias tuberosa var. tuberosa

Tim Spira    tps_atuberosa_frts7

August        

Erect boat-shaped pod splits on one side to release many plume-tufted seeds, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Asclepias tuberosa var. tuberosa

JK Marlow    jkm080904_001

September    Greenville County    SC

Seeds with feathery parachute-like structures float on the slightest breeze, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

image of Asclepias tuberosa var. tuberosa

JK Marlow    jkm080904_010

September    Greenville County    SC

image of Asclepias tuberosa var. tuberosa

JK Marlow    jkm080906_013

September    Greenville County    SC

image of Asclepias tuberosa var. tuberosa

JK Marlow    jkm090910_003

September    Greenville County    SC

Milkweed Bug nymphs eat Milkweed plant matter, seeds and nectar, per Milkweeds, Monarchs and More by Rea, Oberhauser, and Quinn.

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JK Marlow    jkm090910_006

September    Greenville County    SC

Milkweed Bug nymphs congregating on a Milkweed pod.

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Sam Pratt    sbp_3994

September    Spartanburg County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm071021_009

October    Oconee County    SC

Seed pods are 4-5" long and look like elongated footballs held upright, per All About South Carolina Wildflowers.