Asclepias amplexicaulis

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Asclepias amplexicaulis
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Genus: Asclepias
A. amplexicaulis
Binomial name
Asclepias amplexicaulis

Asclepias amplexicaulis, the blunt-leaved milkweed or clasping milkweed, is a species of milkweed, in the subfamily Asclepiadaceae.[1] It is native to the United States, where it is mostly found in the central and eastern regions.[2][3] It grows in dry fields and open woods, usually in sandy soil.[4]

It grows 1–3 feet high and produces flowers in the summer.[4]

This plant was eaten as food historically. However, it contains a poison dangerous to humans and livestock, so caution must be used if ingesting this plant.[5]



  1. ^ "Asclepias amplexicaulis". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA.
  2. ^ "Asclepias amplexicaulis". County-level distribution map from the North American Plant Atlas (NAPA). Biota of North America Program (BONAP). 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  3. ^ Haddock, Mike (2018). "Blunt-leaf milkweed". Kansas Wildflowers and Grasses. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Asclepias amplexicaulis". Connecticut Plants. Connecticut Botanical Society. 2015.
  5. ^ "Asclepias amplexicaulis". Illinois Prairie. MuseumLink Illinois, Illinois State Museum Society. 2000.