Wednesday's Wildflower: Fewflower Milkweed
submitted by Lynn Sweetay, Palm Beach Chapter
It prefers wet to moist seasonally inundated sandy soils without humus. This plant does not tolerate salt or drought and prefers full sun and low nutrients. I grow one on my back patio in full sun in a pot placed in a tub of water. It is a perennial so it will die back and then reappear. It is an occasional, but widespread understory plant in open freshwater wetlands and pinelands.
The range includes Southeastern United States north to New Jersey, west to Texas and south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland. This milkweed can be found throughout Corbett WMA in Northwest Palm Beach County near my house.
I love the way it sways in the breeze with a butterfly perched on the flower.