Velvetleaf Milkweed (Asclepias tomentosa)
Velvet-leaf Milkweed, Sandhills Milkweed, and Tuba Milkweed
Description of Velvetleaf Milkweed (Asclepias tomentosa)
Velvetleaf Milkweed (Asclepias tomentosa), a member of the Apocynaceae (Dogbane Family), is a herbaceous perennial plant that grows 2′ to 3′ tall and blooms in the spring and summer (May to July). The fruits, which are follicles, mature in the late summer to fall.
More about Velvetleaf Milkweed can be found on this blog post.
Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
Other butterflies, bees, and wasps use this plant as a nectar source.
This milkweed grows in open areas such as fields and meadows having full sun to partial shade.
Range of Velvetleaf Milkweed (Asclepias tomentosa)
The genus name, Asclepias, is the Greek name for the God of Medicine. The species name, tomentosa, is Latin for the pubescence on the leaves.