Floodplains Milkweed - Swamp Forest Milkweed
Asclepias perennis Walter
Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed) Family
Plant is an upright, herbaceous perennial arising from fleshy, tuberous rootstock. Preferred habitat is brackish or fresh marshes, wet ditches and floodplain forests. Distribution is coastal in the Escambia region.
Leaves are opposite on the stem; smooth; lance-like to widest in the middle; graduates to a point at both ends; thin; dark green and about five inches long.
Flowers are in a terminal cluster (umbel). Calyx is five-lobed and oblong. The corolla lobes are white to pale pink; widest at the middle and strongly reflexed. The long part of the corolla is rolled into a hood. Flowers occur in the summer.
Fruit is a follicle.