This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
- Common Name(s):
- Swamp milkweed
- Native Plants, Poisonous Plants, Wildflowers
As its common name implies, swamp milkweed prefers consistently moist sites and tolerates shallow flooding.
- 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
- Early to late summer
- 2-4 ft.
- Up to 4-inch, opposite, narrow, lance-shaped, smooth leaves; milky sap is less juice than most species; short-stalked to stalkless
- 1-to 2-in., dull pink flowers, clustered at the top of a tall, branching stem; five recurved petals; elevated central crown, divided
- Swamps, shores, thickets; marshes, moist meadows
- Poison Part:
- All parts
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Vomiting, stupor, weakness, spasms
- Toxic Principle:
- Cardiac glycosides and resinoids
- 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:
NCCES plant id: 2485