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Asclepias humistrata

Phonetic Spelling
as-KLEE-pee-as
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
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Description

Pinewoods milkweed is a perennial plant in the dogbane (Apocynaceae) family that is native to the southeastern USA including NC. It is found throughout the sandhills and sandy woodland edges from NC south to FL and west to LA. The plant grows from an erect to somewhat prostrate form and can be 1-3 feet tall with a similar spread. The Genus honors Asclepius (Asklepios), the Greek god of medicine; the species name is from the Latin humis (“ground”) and sternere (“to spread”), reflecting the plant’s sprawling growth.

Grow in sun in sandy, well-drained soil with acid to neutral pH. Will not tolerate salt spray or brackish water. Propagate from root cuttings or seeds, spring or fall.

Grows best in meadows or naturalized areas; also consider planting pinewood milkweed in drought tolerant, native gardens, but as a specimen plant because of its sprawling habit. Researchers have found this milkweed species is an important host for Monarch butterflies making the Atlantic migration.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No significant insect or disease problems. Common milkweed pests (aphids, milkweed beetles, milkweed bugs. Monarch larvae, and milkweed tussock moth larvae may appear on the plants across the growing season.

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Tags:
#showy flowers#poisonous#drought tolerant#pink flowers#NC native#deer resistant#native garden#Monarch butterfly#NC Native Pollinator Plant#sandy soils tolerant#butterfly friendly#problem for cats#problem for dogs#bee friendly#problem for horses#butterfly caterpillar host#pollinator garden#coastal
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#poisonous#drought tolerant#pink flowers#NC native#deer resistant#native garden#Monarch butterfly#NC Native Pollinator Plant#sandy soils tolerant#butterfly friendly#problem for cats#problem for dogs#bee friendly#problem for horses#butterfly caterpillar host#pollinator garden#coastal
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Asclepias
    Species:
    humistrata
    Family:
    Apocynaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Root Cutting
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    SE USA
    Distribution:
    AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC
    Wildlife Value:
    Nectar and larval host plant that attracts bees, butterflies (notably Monarchs), hummingbirds (milkweeds are a source of insects as well as nectar), moths (especially milkweed tussock moths and their larvae), pollinators, predatory Insects, and specialized bees.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Native Plant
    Poisonous
    Wildflower
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Prostrate
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Green
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Follicle
    Fruit Length:
    > 3 inches
    Fruit Width:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    Fruits are follicles forming upright 3- to 6-inch long pods filled with brown seeds attached to coma (white-fluffy fiber) that facilitates wind dispersal
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Umbel
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Terminal or upper axillary umbels or of up to 30 or more small flowers with 5 pink/gray petals, with reflexed pink corollas, whitish hoods and horns. Blooms in spring and summer.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Leaf Feel:
    Fleshy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are evergreen, blue-green to purple, ovate, simple, opposite, clasping and sessile, with distinctive pink to purple veins.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
    Stem Description:
    Smooth, purplish, unbranched stems occur in clusters, with some lying nearly flat against the ground.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Moths
    Pollinators
    Predatory Insects
    Specialized Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Problems:
    Contact Dermatitis
    Poisonous to Humans
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Can cause stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, weakness, lethargy, and confusion if eaten in quantity. Milky sap can cause contact dermatitis and eye irritation.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Cardiac glycoside
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes