sandhill milkweed, pinewoods milkweed
Small specimen plant.
Toxic if eaten unless boiled with two waters. Tends to fall over.
Difficult to transplant. Best grown from seed.
Larval host to the Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus), Queen butterfly (Danaus gilippus)and others. Attracts many pollinators, especially native bees.
Sandhill, clayhill, scrub.
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
Suitable to grow in:
Interesting pink veined foliage, showy flowers. Often lies on its side with the flowers held somewhat above the rest of the plant.