Asclepias purpurascens L.
Family: Apocynaceae
purple milkweed
Asclepias purpurascens image
Kenneth I. Lange  
Etymology: Asclepias: named for the Greek god of healing Asklepios
Plants: erect, perennial, 1 1/2'-3' tall forb with a single, stout stem with soft, fine hairs; milky juice
Leaves: elliptical to oblong, opposite with pointed tips and broadly pointed bases, stalked, downy beneath
Flowers: purple to red, 5-parted, 1/2"-2/3" tall, with the flat, short, inwardly-curved horns shorter than the pale purple hoods; inflorescence many-flowered, stalked, erect umbel (1 to a few); blooms June-Aug.
Fruits: downy pods with many seeds on silky hairs
Habitat: dry; prairies, woods; in sandy soil
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Endangered
Asclepias purpurascens
Asclepias purpurascens image
Christopher Noll  
Asclepias purpurascens image
Christopher Noll  
Asclepias purpurascens image
Christopher Noll  
Asclepias purpurascens image
Kenneth I. Lange  
Asclepias purpurascens image
Christopher Noll  
Asclepias purpurascens image
Asclepias purpurascens image
Christopher Noll  
Asclepias purpurascens image
Christopher Noll  
Asclepias purpurascens image
James R. Sime  
Asclepias purpurascens image
Caroline A. Creevey  
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