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Asclepias tuberosa

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Butterfly weed, milkweed, chigger-plant
Categories:
Perennials, Poisonous Plants, Wildflowers
Comment:

Butterfly weed serves as an adult nectar source and a larval food source for the Monarch butterfly. Seed of cultivars such as 'Gay Butterflies' may contain pure yellow and bright red individuals, but the typical orange color predominates. Stem does not have a milky sap.

Description:
Erect, perennial herbs with milky juice; leaves simple, alternate, opposite, or whorled, narrow; flowers 5-parted, in rounded clusters, white, greenish, yellow, orange, or red; fruit dry and inflated, erect, and with many hair-tufted seeds
Season:
Summer
Height:
1-3 ft.
Flower Color:
Orange, red, yellow
Hardiness:
USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9
Foliage:
Lance-shaped to narrowly egg-shaped leaves scattered singly along the stem; 1 to 4 in. long; reclining, ascending to somewhat erect, hairy stems that branch toward the summit
Flower:
Cluster of orange-yellow to orange-red flowers; flower has five sepals, five petals, and five stamens; 4- to 5-in. spindle shape
Site:
Average, well-drained soil; sun to partial shade; dry fields, rocky open slopes, roadsides
Propagation:
Seed
Exposure:
full sun
Soil:
Dry, well drained
Regions:
Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Family:
Asclepiadaceae
Origin:
USA, NC
Distribution:
Throughout
Poison Part:
All parts
Poison Delivery Mode:
Ingestion
Symptoms:
Vomiting, stupor, weakness, spasms
Toxic Principle:
Cardiac glycosides and resinoids
Severity:
TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES EATEN.
Found in:
Weedy in disturbed areas, native or naturalized in waste places, roadsides, fields; landscape in flower gardens as herbaceous perennials
Life Cycle:
Perennial

NCCES plant id: 682

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