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Fewflowered Milkweed

Asclepias lanceolata

In early summer, the vibrant orange-red flowers of Asclepias lanceolata open on top of wand like stems and can continue producing flowers throughout most of the summer. Hardy in zones 7 through 9.


The bright orange and red flowers of Asclepias lanceolata



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Pot size: 4.5 in. wide x 5 in. deep (32 fl. oz)



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  • 3 to 4 ft. tall and 1 ft. wide
  • Clump forming
  • How to Grow

  • Sun
  • Moist to wet soil
  • Even though the stems appear fragile, they're surprisingly strong and rarely need to be staked when grown in full sun.

    Where to plant

  • Bogs and poorly drained borders
  • As a companion for pitcher plants in artificial bogs
  • Make sure to plant well away from more vigorous plants which may shade out this elusive gem.


    Flowers are mainly pollinated by:

  • Large bees and bumble bees
  • Large butterflies, such as swallowtails and monarchs
  • Flowers provide nectar for:

  • Wide variety of beneficial insects
  • Hummingbirds
  • Larval host plant for:

  • Monarch butterfly
  • Queen butterfly
  • Milkweed tussock moth
  • Native habitat and range

  • Savannas, fresh and slightly brackish marshes
  • Coastal plain from New Jersey into Florida
  • Source and origin

    Plants grown from seeds collected on the edge of a swamp forest in Pender County, North Carolina.


    Fewflowered is an unfortunate common name for this striking milkweed. The flower clusters may have fewer individual flowers than other milkweed species, but its cheerful flower color and long flowering season more than make up for it.