Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Gentianales
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Read more about Whorled Milkweed at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Whorled Milkweed, Narrowleaf Milkweed
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Richard and Teresa Ware rtw_a_verticillata_b
Horns very narrowly triangular, much surpassing the hoods, per Wildflowers in the Field and Forest.
JK Marlow jkm130718_440
July McDowell County NC
Conspicuous whorls of linear leaves on a slender stem make this easy to ID, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.
Will Stuart wil_8447573271_aff39a84fe
July Anson County NC
The petals turned downward, the upright hoods topped by protruding horns, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.
Steve Marlow snm102712_009
October Pickens County SC
Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve
Narrow spindle-shaped follicles, 2-3" long, dehiscent along 1 suture, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
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DOES THE PLANT HAVE "MILKY SAP"?
Has milky sap (latex)
Mostly in whorls of 3-6 (sometimes opposite)
Greenish-white petals often tipped with rose-purple
Flowers in 2-8 umbels from upper leaf axils
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- All About South Carolina Wildflowers p110
- Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers p114
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC p229
- Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants p154
- Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast p136
- Wildflowers of the Eastern United States p068
- Wildflowers in the Field and Forest p354
- Wildflowers of Tennessee p194
- Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians p231
- Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains p129
- Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region p124