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Asclepias tuberosa L.
butterfly milkweed

       
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Asclepias tuberosa L.

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Distribution:
Asclepias tuberosa L.

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USA (AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV), CAN (ON, QC)

Subordinate Taxa:
Asclepias tuberosa L.

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Distribution of Asclepias tuberosa L. ssp. interior Woodson. . Image Available.
Asclepias tuberosa ssp. interior
butterfly milkweed
Distribution of Asclepias tuberosa L. ssp. rolfsii (Britton ex Vail) Woodson. .
Asclepias tuberosa ssp. rolfsii
Rolfs' milkweed
Distribution of Asclepias tuberosa L. ssp. tuberosa. . Image Available.
Asclepias tuberosa ssp. tuberosa
butterfly milkweed
Plant is native (blue) Native   Plant is introduced Introduced
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Classification:
Asclepias tuberosa L.

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Domain
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Gentianales
Family Asclepiadaceae – Milkweed family
Genus Asclepias L. – milkweed
Species Asclepias tuberosa L. – butterfly milkweed
 

Threatened and Endangered Information:
Asclepias tuberosa L.

This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete protected plant list for that location.

Maine:
butterfly weed              Possibly Extirpated
New Hampshire:
butterfly-weed              Endangered
New York:
butterfly-weed              Exploitably Vulnerable
Rhode Island:
butterfly milkweed              Special Concern
Vermont:
butterfly-weed              Threatened
 

Wildlife Habitat Values:

Asclepias tuberosa L.

  Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds
Source Large Mammals Food Large Mammals Cover Small Mammals Food Small Mammals Cover Water Birds Food Water Birds Cover Terrestrial Birds Food Terrestrial Birds Cover
Miller Minor           Minor  

Wildlife Habitat Values

 

Miller, J.H., and K.V. Miller. 1999. Forest plants of the southeast and their wildlife uses. Southern Weed Science Society.

 

More Accounts and Images:
Asclepias tuberosa L.

View photographs from CalPhotos.

View species account, photographs, and distribution from USF Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants.

View species account from ARS Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN).

View taxonomic account from Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) for ITIS Taxonomic Serial Number 30313.

View species account and distribution map from Jepson Interchange (University of California - Berkeley).

View species account from Kemper Center for Home Gardening.

View species account and photographs from Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Native Plant Information Network (NPIN).

View species account from Native American Ethnobotany (University of Michigan - Dearborn).

View 2 propagation protocols from Native Plants Network.

View photographs and distribution from University of Tennessee Herbarium.

 

Related Web Sites:
Asclepias tuberosa L.

AL-Wildflowers of Alabama

CO-Southwest Colorado Wildflowers

CT-Connecticut Botanical Society

FL-University of Florida Extension

IL-Illinois Wildflowers

IN-Center for New Crops and Plant Products (Purdue)

KS-Kansas Wildflowers and Grasses

KY-Wildflowers of Western Kentucky

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

MI-Michigan State University Extension

MO-Kemper Center for Home Gardening (MoBotGard)

MO-Missouri Plants

NC-Plant Fact Sheet (NCSU)

NC-Poisonous Plants of North Carolina

Nearartica Eastern Wildflowers

TX-Texas Parks and Wildlife

UK-Plants For A Future

USDI FWS BayScapes Conservation Landscaping Program

WI-University of Wisconsin Freckmann Herbarium

Wild Flowers of the Southeastern U.S.

 
 
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