Asclepias lanuginosa Nutt.
Family: Apocynaceae
side-cluster milkweed, woolly milkweed
Asclepias lanuginosa image
James R. Sime  
Etymology: Asclepias: named for the Greek god of healing Asklepios
Plants: weakly erect perennial, 6"-12" tall forb, milky juice, single stem with long, soft hairs
Leaves: oblong to lance-like, blunt, alternate, hairy on both sides
Flowers: greenish to yellow, 5-parted, 1/4"-1/3" long, stalked, no horns, petals and hoods touching; inflorescence a drooping, solitary, terminal umbel; blooms June-July
Fruits: pods with many seeds on silky hairs
Habitat: dry; woods, prairies; in rocky soil
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Threatened