Herb latin name: Asclepias sullivantii


Family: Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)



Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
120 cm
(4 feet)

Flowering:
July

Habitat of Asclepias sullivantii:

Moist lowland areas, in rich ground and on prairies.

Other uses of the herb:

Rubber can be made from latex contained in the leaves and the stems. The plant is a potential commercial source of rubber. It contains up to 8% latex.

Propagation of Asclepias sullivantii:

Seed - best sown in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe in the autumn or in late winter. We have also had good results from sowing the seed in the greenhouse in early spring, though stored seed might need 2 - 3 weeks cold stratification. Germination usually takes place in 1 - 3 months at 18C. As soon as the seedlings are large enough to handle, prick them out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant out when they are in active growth in late spring or early summer and give them some protection from slugs until they are growing away strongly. Division in spring. With great care since the plant resents root disturbance. Pot the divisions up and place them in a lightly shaded position in the greenhouse until they are growing away strongly, then plant them out in the summer, giving them some protection from slugs until they are established. Basal cuttings in late spring. Use shoots about 10cm long with as much of their white underground stem as possible. Pot them up individually and place them in a lightly shaded position in a greenhouse until they are rooting and growing actively. If the plants grow sufficiently, they can be put into their permanent positions in the summer, otherwise keep them in the greenhouse until the following spring and when they are in active growth plant them out into their permanent positions. Give them some protection from slugs until they are established.

Cultivation of the herb:

Moist lowland areas, in rich ground and on prairies.

Medicinal use of Asclepias sullivantii:

None known

Known hazards of Asclepias sullivantii:

Although no specific reports have been seen for this species, many, if not all, members of this genus contain toxic resinoids, alkaloids and cardiac glycosides. They are usually avoided by grazing animals.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.