Milkweed

Asclepias syriaca

Family Milkweed (Asclepiadaceae)
Bloom Summer
Habitat Dunes, roadsides, fields
Status Native
Cycle Perennial
Height 2-5′
Flower Pink, fragrant flower clusters are dome or ball shaped. What appear to be petals are cup-shaped structures, each surrounding a single, curved horn. The 5 curved petals are immediately below this crown. Below the petals are 5 smaller greenish sepals.
Leaf Leaves are thick and 4-6″ long, oblong, toothless, and hairy on the underside. They bleed a milky white sap when broken.
Notes Stems are stout & hairy and when cut or broken, they also bleed a milky white sap. Seed pods are long and pointed and covered with wart-like bumps. Seeds are tipped with long silken hairs.

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