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Photo of Mead's milkweed flower cluster and upper stem leaves

Mead’s Milkweed

Mead’s milkweed, an endangered plant, once flourished in the tallgrass prairies of the Midwestern United States, including most of Missouri.

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Photo of Mead's milkweed flower cluster and upper stem leaves

Mead’s Milkweed

Asclepias meadii
Mead’s milkweed, an endangered plant, once flourished in the tallgrass prairies of the Midwestern United States, including most of Missouri.

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Butterfly Milkweed

Monarch Butterflies Could Use Your Help

Helping monarch butterflies is as simple as planting milkweed.

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A monarch butterfly perches on a milkweed flower

Monarch on Milkweed

A monarch butterfly perches on a milkweed flower

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Photo of purple milkweed flower cluster

Purple Milkweed

Asclepias purpurascens
The flowers of purple milkweed are pale purple to reddish purple to dark purple, with greenish or red tints. The scientific name means “becoming purple”: The flowers start off rather pale and become more intensely purplish as they mature.

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Purple Milkweed

The flowers of purple milkweed are pale purple to reddish purple to dark purple, with greenish or red tints. The scientific name means “becoming purple”: The flowers start off rather pale and become more intensely purplish as they mature.

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Photo of a red milkweed beetle eating a common milkweed leaf.

Red Milkweed Beetle

The red milkweed beetle (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus) specializes in eating milkweeds. The larvae bore into the roots; the adults chew the foliage and leaves. The bright red is a warning: Like other insects that eat milkweeds, this beetle ingests milkweed’s toxic chemicals and becomes unpalatable or sickening to predators. “Tetraopes” means “four-eyed,” and beetles in this genus are sometimes called “four-eyed beetles.” Each eye is divided by an antenna base, making it look like two. A similar species is the red-femured milkweed borer (T. femoratus), whose antennae are black with white rings (not all black), legs are partially reddish (not all black), and commonly has smaller black dots. Look for these milkweed beetles in prairies and roadsides where milkweeds are abundant.

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Photo of sand vine, leaves with flower cluster.

Sand Vine (Climbing Milkweed; Blue Vine)

Beloved by bees, butterflies, and other insects for its nectar, sand vine is a problem weed of crop fields and gardens, where it can be difficult to eradicate. Some people cultivate it as an ornamental, and beekeepers value it as an excellent honey plant.

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Sand Vine (Climbing Milkweed; Blue Vine)

Sand vine is a perennial, vigorous, aggressive climbing vine with stems that can reach lengths of 33 feet, covering fences and shrubs.

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Sand Vine (Climbing Milkweed; Blue Vine)

The flowers of sand vine form in open groups arising on stalks from the leaf axils. The flowers are white, tiny, and strongly scented; the corolla lobes stand upright around a fleshy corona. It blooms July–September.

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