Etymology: Asclepias: named for the Greek god of healing Asklepios
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-2' tall forb, a single stem, milky juice
Leaves: lance like, opposite with pointed tips and U-shaped bases, stalkless, smooth, grayish
Flowers: white to pink, 5-parted, 1/2"-2/3" long; inflorescence a drooping umbel
Habitat: dry; prairies
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Extirpated
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 10 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.