Four-Leaved Milkweed
Asclepias quadrifolia
Family Asclepiadaceae

* Flowers pink, lavender, or white.
* Leaves ovate-elliptical, in whorls of four. Upper and lower leaves on the plant are paired.
* Height: 1-2 1/2'.

Natural History:
* Flowers May - July.
* Habitat: Forests and forest margins.
* Range: Eastern United States to Minnesota
* Native.

* The Cherokees used root tea made from the four-leaved milkweedas a laxative and a diuretic for kidney stones. They also crushed leaves and rubbed them on warts to remove them. However, the plant has been proven toxic.


Created by: Allaire Diamond and Jiasuey Hsu
Maintained by: Nick Rodenhouse
Created: July 31, 1998
Last Modified: November 21, 2008