Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Gentianales
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Read more about Common Milkweed at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
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Richard and Teresa Ware rtw_a_syriaca_common
Corolla lobes reflexed; corona horns more or less equaling the hoods, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.
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July Wise County VA
Leaves oblong to slightly oval, 4-6" long, acute at the tip, hairy beneath, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.
Native to the Carolinas
Habitat: Prairies, floodplains, pastures, roadsides, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora
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DOES THE PLANT HAVE "MILKY SAP"?
Has milky sap (latex)
Leaves have petioles.
5-lobed corolla, lobes reflexed
Flowers in 2-6 umbels from upper leaf axils
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- All About South Carolina Wildflowers p110
- Newcomb's Wildflower Guide p264
- Southern Appalachian Wildflowers p123
- Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast p363
- Wildflowers of the Eastern United States p068
- Wildflowers in the Field and Forest p110
- Wild Flowers of NC, 1st edition p153
- Wild Flowers of NC, 2nd edition p203
- Wildflowers of Tennessee p192
- Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians p229
- Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont p337
- Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains p128