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PlantFiles: Florida Milkweed
Asclepias feayi

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Asclepias (ass-KLE-pee-us) (Info)
Species: feayi (FAY-ee) (Info)

Synonym:Acerates feayi
Synonym:Asclepiodella feayi
Synonym:Asclepiodora feayi

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

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


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bdavtab7 On Jun 9, 2010, bdavtab7 from Wimauma, FL wrote:

Seems to be 'shy'--I've only seen it growing far back off the main roads.
Blooms mid-to-late May in WCen Fla.
Likes well-drained, very sandy soil.

Positive MotherNature4 On Sep 27, 2009, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Florida Milkweed is endemic to the ridges of central and southern peninsula of Florida.

Positive NativePlantFan9 On Nov 13, 2004, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Florida Milkweed is native and endemic to the fields, savannahs, scrub and dry areas of central Florida in several counties, scattered southward to Collier county and northward to a county in north-central Florida; however, the species is found mainly entirely in throughout much of central Florida. It has small white flowers in clusters atop a thin stem that may attract pollinating insects. This plant likes full sun and sun to partial shade.


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

Parrish, Florida
Riverview, Florida

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