clasping dogbane, more...
[Apocynum hypericifolium Aiton, more]
Etymology: Apocynum: from the Greek for "away from dog," i.e. noxious to dogs, in reference to its ancient use as a dog poison, hence dogbane
Plants: erect or drooping, perennial, 1'-5' tall forb, clone-forming, milky juice
Leaves: opposite, usually hairless below, stalkless or on very short stalks, often clasping the stem, rounded or with a shallow, heart-shaped base
Flowers: whitish to yellow, 5-parted, 1/8"-1/4" wide, bell-shaped, erect flowers with erect or slightly spreading petals; inflorescence a branched cluster (cyme), main cyme terminal and the others from the upper leaf axils; blooms June-Aug.
Fruits: long and very narrow pods with seeds on silky hair
Habitat: dry to moderate moisture; roadsides, prairies
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 3, Wetland Indicator = FAC+ Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos