Asclepias lanceolata

Red Milkweed, Few-lower Milkweed

Apocynaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Flower
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Orange,red
Fruit Color:Green
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Showy flowers

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Wet wildflower garden.
Considerations:Toxic.
Propagation:Seed.
Availability:Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Stays Wet ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding)
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding
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:Lime rock, Sand
Soil pH:Adaptable

Ecology

Wildlife:

Larval host plant for monarch (Danaus plexippus) and queen (Danaus gilippus) butterflies; possible larval host of soldier (Danaus eresimus) butterflies. Nectar plant for monarch (Danaus plexippus) and other butterflies. [IRC website, 2012]. Attracts many pollinators, especially native bees.

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Insects:
   

Larval host plant for monarch (Danaus plexippus) and queen (Danaus gilippus) butterflies; possible larval host of soldier (Danaus eresimus) butterflies. Nectar plant for monarch (Danaus plexippus) and other butterflies. [IRC website, 2012]. Attracts many pollinators, especially native bees.

Native Habitats:Wet flatwoods, savannas, marshes, swamps

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

General Comments:Don't confuse this native with the non-native tropical or scarlet milkweed (Asclepias curassavica), that is often sold in big box stores, which has red and yellow flowers.