Sandhill Milkweed, Pinewoods Milkweed
|Size:||1-3 ft tall by 1 ft wide|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Noted for:||Showy flowers, Showy fruits, Interesting foliage|
Small specimen plant.
Toxic if eaten unless boiled with two waters. Tends to sprawl.
Difficult to transplant. Best grown from seed.
always floodedextremely dry
|(Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods|
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:||Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.|
|Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:||Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray|
|Soil or other substrate:||Sand|
|Soil pH:||5.1 to 7.5|
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
Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
Interesting pink veined foliage, showy flowers. Often lies on its side with the flowers held somewhat above the rest of the plant.
Has an extremely deep taproot. Is notoriously difficult to transplant.