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Asclepias quadrifolia

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Four-leaved milkweed
Categories:
Poisonous Plants, Wildflowers
Description:
Erect, perennial herbs with milky juice; leaves simple, alternate, opposite, or whorled, narrow; flowers 5-parted, in rounded clusters, white, greenish, yellow, orange, or red; fruit dry and inflated, erect, and with many hair-tufted seeds
Season:
Early summer
Height:
1-2.5 ft.
Foliage:
Whorls of 4 leaves at middle of stem; upper leaves are paired; thin, egg to lance-shaped; 2-6 in. long
Flower:
1-4 domed, umbrella-like clusters of pink, lavender, or white flowers; pale pink corolla lobes and white hoods
Site:
Edge of woods, roadsides
Poison Part:
All parts
Poison Delivery Mode:
Ingestion
Symptoms:
Vomiting, stupor, weakness, spasms
Toxic Principle:
Cardiac glycosides and resinoids
Severity:
TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES EATEN.
Found in:
Weedy in disturbed areas, native or naturalized in waste places, roadsides, fields; landscape in flower gardens as herbaceous perennials
Life Cycle:
Perennial

NCCES plant id: 2487

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