Asclepias humistrata

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Sandhill Milkweed, Pinewoods Milkweed


Plant Specifics

Size:1-3 ft tall by 1 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,pink,purple
Fruit Color:Purple,green

winter dormant

Noted for:Showy flowers, Showy fruits, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:

Small specimen plant.


Toxic if eaten unless boiled with two waters. Tends to sprawl.


Difficult to transplant. Best grown from seed.

Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
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.

Native Habitats:

Sandhill, clayhill, scrub.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:

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.