Oct. 27, 2020

pinelands milkweed, Asclepias humistrata

Pinelands milkweed is well adapted to the southern pinelands. It grows from a tuber that's up to a foot long and an inch thick. In days of yore, when the regular fires came through, it could quickly send up new shoots. It not only recovered quickly, but it could also outpace much of the competition. Now, it's well suited for roadsides. That's where this one was, blooming outside it's most preferred summer time, probably because it had been mowed. Pinelans milkweed grows in AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, SC, and TN. Polk Co FL, 10/21/15. Dogbane family, Apocynaceae.