Asclepias lanceolata

red milkweed, few-lower milkweed


wildlife plant   wildlife plant

Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: short-lived perennial
Size: Height: 2-4 ft    Width: 1 ft
Flower Color: flower color   flower color      orange,red
Fruit Color: fruit color      green
Phenology: winter dormant
Noted for: Showy flowers


Recommended Uses: Wet wildflower garden.
Considerations: Toxic.
Propagation: Seed.
Availability: Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, lime rock
Soil pH Range: adaptable


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
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]
Native Habitats: Wet flatwoods, savannas, marshes, swamps

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other 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.