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Asclepias lanceolata (Fewflower Milkweed)

Lanceolated Milkwort, Fewflower Milkweed, Few-flower Milkweed, Red Milkweed


Asclepias lanceolata (Fewflower Milkweed) is an erect perennial wildflower prized for its umbels of 5-12 bright orange-yellow flowers adorned with a red corolla. Blooming for weeks from early to late summer, they sit atop long, slender purplish stems, clad with narrow, opposite, lanceolate leaves, up to 8 in. long (20 cm). The colorful umbels give way to seed pods that dry and split open as the fruit matures. The flowers are a great source of nectar for butterflies. Fewflower Milkweed is best suited for moist to wet landscapes.

  • Grows up to 2-3 ft. tall (90-150 cm) and 1-2 ft. wide (30-60 cm)
  • Thrives in full sun in medium to wet soils.
  • Low maintenance, this perennial plant is generally pest and disease free.
  • Perfect for sunny borders, cottage gardens and near ponds and streams.
  • Propagate by seed.
  • Stems exude a toxic milky sap when cut.
  • Native to savannas, fresh and slightly brackish marshes along and coastal plain from New Jersey into Florida

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 10
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Asclepias
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Northeast, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Southeast, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Southwest, Texas
Tolerance Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 10
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Asclepias
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Northeast, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Southeast, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Southwest, Texas
Tolerance Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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