Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1879

Forb
Perennial
Has milky sap (latex)

Native to North Carolina & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC -

Uncommon (rare in GA & NC)

Look for it in openings in moist bottomlands & swamp forests, perhaps mostly on soils derived from mafic soils, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite
Leaves have petioles.

FLOWER:
Summer
Deep rose
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-merous
5-lobed corolla, lobes reflexed
Superior ovary
Flowers in 1-3 umbels, terminal & from upper leaf axils

FRUIT:
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 purpurascens   FAMILY Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Asclepias purpurascens   FAMILY Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 157-01-013:
Asclepias purpurascens   FAMILY Asclepiadaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Purple Milkweed


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_aspu2_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_aspu2_005_lvd

        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_purpurascens

May        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_purpurascens_16

May        

Upper leaf surface dark green, w red midvein & conspicuous pale vein pattern, per Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Georgia.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_purpurascens_b

May        

Petals down-curved, hoods erect, horns sharply pointed & shorter than hoods, per Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Georgia.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_purpurascens_20

June        

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Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_a_purpurascens_1

June    Orange County    NC

North Carolina Botanical Garden

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Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_a_purpurascens_2

June    Orange County    NC

North Carolina Botanical Garden