Sandhill Milikweed, Asclepias humistrata
side image of gopher tortoise opening its mouth. Figure 4 from  Wildlife of Florida Factsheet: Gopher Tortoise: WEC396/UW441, 8/2018
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Dune Restoration Plants
Asclepiadaceae (taxonomic family)

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Miller, Debbie, Mack Thetford, Chris Verlinde, Gabriel Campbell, and Ashlynn Smith. 2018. “Sandhill Milikweed, Asclepias Humistrata: SGEB-75-1/SG162, 9/2018”. EDIS 2018 (5). Gainesville, FL.


Sandhill milkweed is scattered on backdunes, in sandhills, and often in disturbed areas, such as mowed roadsides. It has a range in Florida south to Lake Okeechobee and also occurs in coastal southeast states west to Louisiana and northeast to North Carolina.

Note: This fact sheet is also available as a chapter in a comprehensive manual titled Dune Restoration and Enhancement for the Florida Panhandle,  Please see the manual for more information about other useful and attractive native plants for dunes and for further information about restoration and preservation techniques.
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Campbell, G. 2016. "Dormancy and germination characteristics of two Florida native forbs, Asclepias humistrata and Lupinus diffusus." Masters thesis. University of Florida.

Landis, T.D. 2014. "Monarch waystations: propagating native plants to create travel corridors for migrating monarch butterflies." Native Plants Journal. 15(1):5-16.

Luna, T., and R.K. Dumroese. 2013. "Monarchs (Danaus plexippus) and milkweeds (Asclepias species): the current situation and methods for propagating milkweeds." Native Plants Journal. 14(1):5-15.

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