OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

Your search found 32 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: (11/30/12) 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

 

Look for it in marshes, bogs, swamps

Common (rare in GA, uncommon in 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: (2/8/20) 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

 

Look for it in cypress-gum swamps, bottomland hardwood forests, marshes

Common in GA-SC Coastal Plain (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: (11/30/12) 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

 

Look for it in barrens, thin soils of rock outcrops (esp mafic rocks), thin woodlands, sandhills

Uncommon

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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

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 (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Asclepias tuberosa ssp. tuberosa 157-01-004a   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Look for it in 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: (11/30/12) 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

 

Look for it in pocosin ecotones, wet pine savannas, sandhill seeps, seepage swamps

Uncommon in Coastal Plain of NC-SC, rare elsewhere

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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

Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) 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

 

Look for it in swamps, fresh to slightly brackish marshes, wet pine savannas

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

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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

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 (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Asclepias exaltata 157-01-007   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Look for it in moist forests, slopes, & forest margins

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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

Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) 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

 

Look for it in sandhills, other dry woodlands of various types

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Fourleaf Milkweed

Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) 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

 

Look for it in moist to dryish forests & forest margins, most common on mafic & calcareous substrates

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Common Milkweed

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 (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Asclepias syriaca 157-01-010   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Look for it in pastures, roadsides, disturbed areas

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

Native to the Carolinas

 


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camera icon Common Name: Pinewoods Milkweed, Fleshy Milkweed

Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) 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

 

Look for it in sandhills

Common in Coastal Plain (rare elsewhere)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: White Milkweed, Red-ring Milkweed

Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) 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

 

Look for it in upland forests & woodlands

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Purple Milkweed

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 (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Asclepias purpurascens 157-01-013   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Look for it in openings in moist bottomlands & swamp forests, perhaps mostly on soils derived from mafic soils

Uncommon (rare in GA & NC)

Native to North Carolina & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Michaux's Milkweed

Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) 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

 

Look for it in pine savannas [dry pinelands of the Coastal Plain]

Common (uncommon in SC)

Native to South Carolina & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Pineland Milkweed, Green Milkweed

Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) 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

 

Look for it in sandhills

Uncommon

Native to South Carolina & Georgia

 


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Common Name: Carolina Milkweed, Walter's Milkweed

Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) 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

 

Look for it in pine savannas

Common in GA, rare in SC

Native to South Carolina & Georgia

 


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

Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) 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

 

Look for it in wet pine savannas

Common (rare in NC)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Barrens Milkweed

Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Asclepias hirtella   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Asclepias hirtella   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Look for it in limestone glades, prairies

Rare

Native to Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Green Milkweed

Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) 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

 

Look for it in open woodlands, woodland edges, barrens, glades, esp 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: (11/30/12) 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

 

Look for it in dry pine savannas

Rare in GA-NC-SC

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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Common Name: Largeflower Milkweed

Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Asclepias connivens   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Asclepias connivens   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Look for it in wet pine flatwoods

Common (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: (11/30/12) Asclepias viridis   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Asclepias viridis   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Look for it in prairies, dry woodlands, calcareous hammocks

Rare

Native to South Carolina & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Bluevine, Sandvine, Honeyvine

Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) 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

 

Look for it in bottomlands and disturbed areas

Uncommon

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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

Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Pattalias palustre   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

 

Look for it on coastal hammocks, edges of marshes, generally or always on barrier islands

Common (uncommon in NC)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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Common Name: Leafless Swallow-wort, Cynanchum

Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) 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

 

Look for it in coastal hammocks

Rare

Native to South Carolina & Georgia

 


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

Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Vincetoxicum nigrum   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cynanchum louiseae   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

 

Look for it in disturbed areas. It is reported for many states in the northeast US, south to MD, KY, TN

Non-native: Mediterranean Europe

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Eastern Anglepod

Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) 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

 

Look for it in mesic to wet forests and thickets

Common in NC-SC Piedmont & SC Coastal Plain, rare in SC Mtns, uncommon elsewhere

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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

Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) 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

 

Look for it in forests, woodlands, or thickets over calcareous rocks

Rare

Native to North Carolina & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Deceptive Spinypod

Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Matelea decipiens   FAMILY: Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Matelea decipiens   FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae

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

 

Look for it in woodlands & thickets, generally over mafic (in Piedmont) or calcareous rocks (in Coastal Plain)

Rare

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: (11/30/12) 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

 

Look for it in moist to dry, nutrient-rich forests

Common in Piedmont & GA Mountains (rare elesewhere 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: (11/30/12) 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

 

Look for it in moist nutrient-rich forests

Rare

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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Common Name: Silkvine

Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) 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

 

Look for it in disturbed areas. It is sometimes cultivated and escaped or persistent

Waif(s)

Non-native: Mediterranean Europe

 


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