Wild Florida Photo - Asclepias lanceolata - Fewflower milkweed

Asclepias lanceolata

Fewflower milkweed
Prairie milkweed

Florida native

Miami-Dade Co. 04/03/05
Osceola Co. FL 08/26/06
Hendry Co. FL 05/18/14
Hendry Co. FL 05/18/14
Miami-Dade Co. 04/03/05
Miami-Dade Co. 04/03/05

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A frequent milkweed of wet flatwoods, wet prairies and floodplain forests throughout most of Florida. The range includes the Gulf and Atlantic coastal states from Texas into New Jersey, plus Tennessee.
A tall perennial with smooth, slender, unbranched stems to 1 m (~3 ft.) tall. The few linear or narrowly lanceolate leaves are opposite, 3-13 mm (1/8-1/2 in.) wide and 10-20 cm (4-8 in.) long. The red to reddish-orange or reddish-purple flowers are in terminal umbels and have five reflexed lobes, five petals and five stamens. Blooming season is mostly spring through fall, but can be all year in south Florida.
Similar species are A. tuberosa - butterfly weed - which has alternate leaves, and the non-native A. curassavica - scarlet milkweed - which has leaves wider than 1 cm (3/8 in.).


Asclepias lanceolata is a member of the Apocynaceae - Dogbane family.

Other species of the Asclepias genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  Asclepias cinerea - CAROLINA MILKWEED
  Asclepias curassavica - SCARLET MILKWEED
  Asclepias curtissii - CURTISS' MILKWEED
  Asclepias humistrata - PINEWOODS MILKWEED
  Asclepias longifolia - LONGLEAF MILKWEED
  Asclepias michauxii - MICHAUX'S MILKWEED
  Asclepias pedicellata - SAVANNAH MILKWEED
  Asclepias perennis - SWAMP MILKWEED
  Asclepias tomentosa - VELVETLEAF MILKWEED
  Asclepias tuberosa - BUTTERFLY WEED
  Asclepias verticillata - WHORLED MILKWEED
  Asclepias viridiflora - GREEN MILKWEED

Date record last modified: Aug 07, 2016

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