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Swamp Milkweed

Asclepias incarnata

Description:

Swamp milkweed is an upright, 100 to 150 cm (39 to 59 in) tall plant, growing from thick, fleshy, white roots. Typically, its stems are branched and the clump forming plants emerge in late spring after most other plants have begun growth for the year. The oppositely arranged leaves are 7.5 to 15 cm (3.0 to 5.9 in) long and 1 to 4 cm (0.39 to 1.57 in) wide and are narrow and lance-shaped, with the ends tapering to a sharp point. — Wikipedia

Habitat:

Swamp milkweed prefers moisture retentive to damp soils in full sun to partial shade and typically, is found growing wild near the edges of ponds, lakes, streams, and low areas—or along ditches.[6] It is one of the best attractors of the monarch butterfly, which feeds on the flowers and lays her eggs on the plants. The emerging caterpillars feed on the leaves. The plants have specialized roots for living in heavy wet soils. The scented, thick, white roots are adapted to live in environments low in oxygen. Blooming occurs in mid to late summer and after blooming long, relatively thin, rounded, pods are produced that grow uprightly. The pods split open in late summer to late fall, releasing seeds that are attached to silky hairs, which act as parachutes that carry the seeds on the currents of the wind. —Wikipedia

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BonnieLewis
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BonnieLewis

North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Jun 28, 2016
Submitted on Apr 3, 2017

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