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Butterfly Milkweed, Butterfly Weed, Pleurisy Root, Orange Milkweed - Asclepias tuberosa


Family: Apocynaceae Dogbane family Genus Common Name: Milkweed Native Status: Native
Asclepias tuberosa - Butterfly Milkweed, Butterfly Weed, Pleurisy Root, Orange Milkweed. Beautiful milkweed with blossoms ranging from red thru orange to yellow. It is threatened/endangered in Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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Distribution of Asclepias tuberosa in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2009. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 20 Jan 2017). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

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Site: Grundy County, TN Date: 2005-June-25Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
Standard milkweed flower cluster with many blossoms having 5 reflexed corolla lobes.
Asclepias tuberosa

Site: Walker County, GA Date: 2010-June-27Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
Click on the photo for a larger image
Asclepias tuberosa

Site: Walker County, GA Date: 2010-June-27Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
Click on the photo for a larger image
Asclepias tuberosa

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