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Asclepias incarnata

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Swamp milkweed
Categories:
Native Plants, Poisonous Plants, Wildflowers
Comment:

As its common name implies, swamp milkweed prefers consistently moist sites and tolerates shallow flooding.

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 to late summer
Height:
2-4 ft.
Foliage:
Up to 4-inch, opposite, narrow, lance-shaped, smooth leaves; milky sap is less juice than most species; short-stalked to stalkless
Flower:
1-to 2-in., dull pink flowers, clustered at the top of a tall, branching stem; five recurved petals; elevated central crown, divided
Site:
Swamps, shores, thickets; marshes, moist meadows
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
Tags:
pink, riparian, obligate wetland, pollinator, pollinator plant, swampy, summer, native plant, butterflies

NCCES plant id: 2485

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