Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Gentianales
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Read more about Purple Milkweed at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
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Upper leaf surface dark green, w red midvein & conspicuous pale vein pattern, per Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Georgia.
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Petals down-curved, hoods erect, horns sharply pointed & shorter than hoods, per Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Georgia.
Native to North Carolina & Georgia
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DOES THE PLANT HAVE "MILKY SAP"?
Has milky sap (latex)
Leaves have petioles.
5-lobed corolla, lobes reflexed
Flowers in 1-3 umbels, terminal & from upper leaf axils
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Newcomb's Wildflower Guide p262
- Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Georgia p051
- Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast p363
- Wildflowers of the Eastern United States p069
- Wildflowers in the Field and Forest p110
- Wildflowers of Tennessee p192
- Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians p228
- Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains p128