Threatened, Endangered, and Proposed (TEP) Plant Profile

Asclepias meadii in flower.
Asclepias meadii. Photo by Larry Stritch.

Asclepias meadii habitat.
Asclepias meadii habitat. Photo by Larry Stritch.

Asclepias meadii range map.
Asclepias meadii range map.

Asclepias meadii, Mead’s milkweed

ESA Regulatory Status

Threats

  • Destruction and alteration of tall grass prairie due to intense agricultural use and urban residential, industrial, and commercial development,
  • Recreational use of sites
  • Hay mowing that disrupts the specie’s sexual reproductive cycle
  • Reduction in populations of important pollinators
  • Localized environmental catastrophes such as insect predation, because of small, fragmented populations
  • Reduced genetic diversity

Conservation Status

National Forest and Grassland Occurrence

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