Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3028

Forb
Perennial
Has milky sap (latex)

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

Uncommon in Coastal Plain of NC-SC, rare elsewhere

Look for it in pocosin ecotones, wet pine savannas, sandhill seeps, seepage swamps, per Weakley's Flora

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...Wet

LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite
Leaves sessile

FLOWER:
Summer
Red/ Pinkish
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-merous
5-lobed corolla, lobes reflexed
Superior ovary
Flowers in 1-4 umbels, terminal & from leafy or leafless upper nodes

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 rubra   FAMILY Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Asclepias rubra   FAMILY Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 157-01-005:
Asclepias rubra   FAMILY Asclepiadaceae

GREATER THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Asclepias rubra

GREATER THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Asclepias laurifolia

 

COMMON NAME:
Purple Savanna Milkweed, Red Milkweed, Bog Milkweed


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image of Asclepias rubra

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_asru_001_lvd

        

image of Asclepias rubra

Alistair Glen    gwn_asclepiasrubra

June    Pender County    NC

Growing Wild Nursery

image of Asclepias rubra

JK Marlow    jkm100612_004

June    Mecklenburg County    NC

UNCC McMillan Greenhouse

Pollinator at work

image of Asclepias rubra

JK Marlow    jkm100612_008

June    Mecklenburg County    NC

UNCC McMillan Greenhouse

image of Asclepias rubra

JK Marlow    jkm100612_015

June    Mecklenburg County    NC

UNCC McMillan Greenhouse

Leaves sessile, lanceolate, cuneate to rounded at base, acuminate at apex, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Asclepias rubra

JK Marlow    jkm100612_018

June    Mecklenburg County    NC

UNCC McMillan Greenhouse

Strongly reflexed purplish-red/lavender corolla lobes & orange-tinged hoods, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.