Mead's Milkweed
Photo by Bob Gress
used by permission

Mead's Milkweed
Asclepias meadii

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  • Range: Kansas range map for Mead's Milkweed
    Dark Green = Current county records
    Light Green = Historical records
  • Comments:  Most milkweeds need large insects for pollination and Mead’s milkweed is no exception. Bumblebees are the essential pollinators in the life cycle of this plant. Found in moist, open prairies with silty loam soils, Mead’s milkweed responds well to periodic burning as fire stimulates growth and flowering. Flower production is sporadic during drought conditions. The underground rhizomes allow the plant to survive in harvested hay meadows but moderate to heavy grazing pressure can eliminate it from a site. The greenish-cream flower cluster occurs on a drooping umbrella-shaped flower head called an umbel. These plants are difficult to find even when in bloom. There are approximately 100 sites in eastern Kansas where Mead’s milkweed can be found which represents the majority of the global population.

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