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

 

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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