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Connecticut Plants
Purple Milkweed
Asclepias purpurascens L.

Purple milkweed is rare in northeastern US; Connecticut classifies this as a species of special concern.

  • Family: dogbane (Apocynaceae)
  • Habitat: thickets, fields, and roadsides
  • Height: 2-3 feet
  • Flower size: 3/8 inch across
  • Flower color: pinkish purple
  • Flowering time: July
  • Origin: native
Asclepias purpurascens L.
Asclepias purpurascens L.
Asclepias purpurascens L.

The pods of purple milkweed are smooth, unlike the warty pods of common milkweed.

Asclepias purpurascens L.

A leaf of purple milkweed.