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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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
Documented growing wild in - NC SC
Common (rare in Coastal Plain of NC) (rare in SC)
Look for it in pastures, roadsides, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora
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