Plant Detail

Asclepias ovalifolia

* Common Name:

oval leaf milkweed, low milkweed, dwarf milkweed

* Genus:

Asclepias

* Species:

ovalifolia

Subspecies:

* Family (scientific):

Asclepiadaceae

* Family (common):

Milkweed

Synonyms :

* Distribution in Canada:

British Columbia
Alberta
Saskatchewan
Manitoba
Ontario

 

Photographer: Lorna Allen, Edmonton Naturalization Group.

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Habitat

Ecozone(s):

Boreal Plains
Prairies

Natural Habitat(s):

Woodland (35-60% cover)
Prairie/Meadow/Field

Habitat Garden(s):

Erosion Control?

Characteristics
 
Growing Conditions

* Plant Type:

Wildflower

Moisture Requirements: Dry, Normal

Light Requirements: Sun, Partial Shade

Soil Requirements: Sand

Temperature Zone:

Evergreen?

No

Average Height:

20 to 50 cm

Tolerances:

Flower Info
 
Fruit/Seed Info

Showy flowers?

Yes

Showy fruit/seeds?

Bloom time:

May to Jun

Edible for humans?

Flower Colour(s):

White/Cream

Fruit/Seed Colour(s):

Miscellaneous
 
Uses

Fragrant Flowers?

Urban Oasis, Stewards in the City, and Eco Superior are specific Evergreen programs that some plants are used in.

Fragrant Foliage?

Program & Other Uses:

Fall colours?

Distinctive bark?

Poisonous to humans?

Yes

Thorns or prickles?

Attracts wildlife?

Butterflies

Larval host for:

monarch butterfly

Provincial tree/flower?

Plant Watch species?

Interesting Tidbits
 
References

Asclepias ovalifolia is now rare in the wild in Manitoba, but is available in native nurseries.
(Prairie Habitats Inc.)

POISONOUS PARTS: All parts. Toxic only in large quantities. Syptoms include, vomiting, stupor, weakness, spasms. Toxic Principle: Cardiac glycosides and resinoids. (Poisonous Plants of N.C. State)

According to Nature Serve, this plant is now growing in BC.

Poisonous Plants of N.C. State

USDA PLANTS Database

NatureServe



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