Apocynum androsaemifolium L.
Family: Apocynaceae
spreading dogbane
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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, perennial, 8"-32" tall forb, clone-forming, milky juice; many branches, often with no main stem
Leaves: opposite, stalked, mostly drooping, 1.3"- 3.5" long, usually with hairs below
Flowers: pink marked with red inside, 5-parted, 1/4"-3/8" wide, bell- shaped, nodding, petals spreading or curved backward; inflorescence a branched cluster (cyme), main cyme terminal, others from the upper leaf axils; blooms June-Aug.
Fruits: paired, long, very narrow pod with seeds on silky hair
Habitat: upland woods
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Native