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WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Asclepias purpurascens   FAMILY Apocynaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Asclepias purpurascens   FAMILY Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 157-01-013:
Asclepias purpurascens   FAMILY Asclepiadaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Purple Milkweed


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image of Asclepias purpurascens, Purple Milkweed

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

        

image of Asclepias purpurascens, Purple Milkweed

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

        

image of Asclepias purpurascens, Purple Milkweed

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_purpurascens

May        

image of Asclepias purpurascens, Purple Milkweed

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.

image of Asclepias purpurascens, Purple Milkweed

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.

image of Asclepias purpurascens, Purple Milkweed

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_purpurascens_20

June        

image of Asclepias purpurascens, Purple Milkweed

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_a_purpurascens_1

June    Orange County    NC

North Carolina Botanical Garden

image of Asclepias purpurascens, Purple Milkweed

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_a_purpurascens_2

June    Orange County    NC

North Carolina Botanical Garden

 

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) 157-01-013:
Asclepias purpurascens   FAMILY Asclepiadaceae

 

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1879

Forb
Perennial

Native to North Carolina & Georgia

Habitat: Openings in moist bottomlands and swamp forests, prairies and meadows (rich, wet to mesic), woodlands, perhaps mostly on soils derived from mafic or calcareous rocks, per Weakley's Flora

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DOES THE PLANT HAVE "MILKY SAP"?
Has milky sap (latex)

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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