*Asclepias curassavica Linnaeus. Phen: Jan-Dec. Hab: Ditches, disturbed areas; often cultivated, naturalizing (southwards in our region) and persistent as short-lived strays (northwards). Dist: Native of tropical America, cultivated as an ornamental, naturalized in FL and persistent and naturalizing northwards (see, e.g., Bradley et al. [in prep.]). Kartesz (2020) reports it for e. TN; this and other northern reports far inland and off the Coastal Plain are likely of plants only shortly persistent from cultivation.
Origin/Endemic status: Neotropics
Synonymy: = Bah, Fl5, K1, K3, K4, Meso4.1, Tx, WH3, Woodson (1954); = n/a – RAB