Asclepias speciosa Torr.
Family: Apocynaceae
showy milkweed
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Derek Anderson  
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
Fruits: pods
Habitat: moist; prairies
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Introduced - adventive
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Dennis W. Woodland  
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Merel R. Black  
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Merel R. Black  
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Derek Anderson  
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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Botanical Illustration  
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Derek Anderson  
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Keir Morse  
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Derek Anderson  
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Dennis W. Woodland  
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