Etymology: Asclepias: named for the Greek god of healing Asklepios
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-3' tall forb, milky juice; stems single, hairy
Leaves: stalked, single, oval, opposite and U-shaped bases, hairy beneath
Flowers: pink to purple, 5-parted, 3/4"-1 1/2" tall; inflorescence an erect umbel
Habitat: moist; prairies
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Introduced - adventive
Floristic Rating: Wetland Indicator = FAC USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"