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Common Milkweed

Asclepias syriaca


Abbreviated from Illinois wildflowers website: 2- 6' in height, native, unbranched. Central stem is stout, pale green and usually short -pubescent. Prominent central vein along length of leaf, veins radiate out to smooth margins. Oozes a milky sap when stem or leaves are torn. Seedpods are 3 to 4" long and covered with soft prickles and short woolly hairs. (From Illinios Wildflower information site.)


Photo taken at Eaton Preserve - prairie. Roadsides, dry soil and fields.


Family - Asclepiadaceae Order - Gentianales Class - Phylum - Range in North America is Canada and south.

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debra pohlmann
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debra pohlmann

Illinois, USA

Spotted on Sep 14, 2013
Submitted on Oct 23, 2013

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