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Purple Milkweed

( Asclepias purpurascens )

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Purple Milkweed
Apocynaceae
Asclepias
Asclepias purpurascens
Linnaeus
ON
Characteristics

Wildflower

Deciduous

3

Sun

Clay, Sand

Dry, Normal

No

No

No

No
Habitat Considerations

Mixedwood Plains

Savannah, Prairie/Meadow/Field

Butterfly, Hedgerow/Thicket/Windbreak/Screening, Prairie/Meadow
Design Considerations

60 cm

90 cm

Jun - Jul

Red|Purple

Yes

Yes

Green


monarch butterfly





Yes


Butterflies

No
Conservation Status



Interesting Tidbits

An oak-hickory savannah indicator species. The flower colour is deep magenta-red. The milky juice has been used to remove warts. (Lamb/Rhynard) POISONOUS PARTS: All parts. Toxic only in large quantities. Syptoms include, vomiting, stupor, weakness, spasms. Toxic Principle: Cardiac glycosides and resinoids. (Poisonous Plants of N.C. State) This plant is in the the endangered species list of COSEWIC (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada) Very rare in southwestern Ontario. (Milkweed Monarch Watch)


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