Etymology: Asclepias: named for the Greek god of healing Asklepios
Plants: erect, perennial, up to 5' tall forb, milky juice, mostly hairless or sparsely downy; stems with divided branches toward the top
Leaves: opposite, lance-like or oblong-linear with pointed tips and mostly pointed bases
Flowers: deep pink to red, 5-parted, 3/8" tall, fragrant, horns much taller than the hoods; inflorescence usually several, erect umbels; blooms July-Aug.
Fruits: pods with many seeds on silky hairs
Habitat: full sun; wet to moist; shores, marshes, streambanks, prairies; in sandy, loamy soil
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 5, Wetland Indicator = OBL 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 Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. USGS - Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center: Wetland Plants and Plant Communities of Minnesota and Wisconsin Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"