Asclepias rubra (Red Milkweed)

 

Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913.  An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. Vol. 3: 26. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society. Scanned by Omnitek Inc.

Where Commonly Found: In our region only on Long Island, NY where it is RARE and/or ENDANGERED, DOES NOT OCCUR IN NEW ENGLAND.  Marshy  areas, bogs, meadows, and wer pine barrens.

How to Identify:
(For unfamiliar words: Wikipedia Glossary of Botanical Terms).
Wildflower Center’s Key for Asclepias rubra.
USDA, NRSC Plants Database for Asclepias rubra.  Click on more images.

Flower Color:  Lavender Pink to Dull Red.
Flower Type:  Umbel,
occurring terminally on stems
Flower Time:  Late Spring to Mid-Summer.
Leaf Arrangement:  Opposite, along glabrous stem, entire margins
Leaf Type:  Simple, broadly lanceolate, ovate, 2″-6″ long, sessile or nearly so,
Height1.25′- 3.5′
Seed Collection: AS THIS PLANT IS RARE OR ENDANGERED IN PARTS OF OUR REGION PLEASE FOLLOW GUIDELINES BY THE CENTER FOR PLANT CONSERVATION.

Attracts:  Bees and Butterflies
Use: Wetland Gardens
Light:  Full to Part Sun
Hardiness Zone:  _ USDA Zone Map
Soils:  Moist to Wet.
Notes:  This plant is VERY RARE in our region, only appearing in southeastern NY.
Native to:  NATIVE, RARE AND/OR ENDANGERED TO NY, much of the eastern seaboard and southernmost states.  Biota of North America, North America Plant Atlas.

 

Requested by Bronx River Wildflower Corridor, Roseanne Andrade.

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