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PlantFiles: Lance leaved Milkweed, Fewflower Milkweed
Asclepias lanceolata

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Asclepias (ass-KLE-pee-us) (Info)
Species: lanceolata (lan-see-oh-LAY-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Asclepias paupercula
Synonym:Asclepias serpentaria

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25 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive organic1 On Feb 19, 2008, organic1 from DFW Metroplex, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

These are great plants for attracting the monarch butterfly. She will lay her eggs on it and the caterpillars will eat them up. Please let them! Aphids are normal on this milkweed, so do not worry about them. Whatever you do, do not spray poisons on them. This will harm the butterflies and that would be wrong.

Neutral frostweed On Nov 30, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Lance leaved Milkweed, Fewflower Milkweed Asclepias lanceolata is native to Texas and other States.

Positive vcb1 On Jul 1, 2006, vcb1 from Melbourne Beach, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant serves as both a nectar source for Monarch butterflies and a food source for their caterpillers. It can grow in sandy, unenriched soil and can become somewhat invasive as the seeds are released. I just collected some seeds and will try to direct its spread! Mine grows in direct sun here in z9b and I haven't found that it needs constantly moist soil although it does like to be watered regularly.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Clearwater, Florida
Deland, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Melbourne Beach, Florida
Port Orange, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Tampa, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Prospect, Kentucky
Kenner, Louisiana
Metairie, Louisiana
Moberly, Missouri
Jamesburg, New Jersey
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
High Point, North Carolina
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Austin, Texas
Carrollton, Texas
Houston, Texas
Katy, Texas
Mcallen, Texas
Weslaco, Texas

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