Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


  Asclepias syriaca L. image
Photographer: Kitty Kohout           

Botanical Illustration

Botanical Illustration

Botanical Illustration

Botanical Illustration

Derek Anderson

John M. Schoeneker

John M. Schoeneker

Matthew L. Wagner

Matthew L. Wagner

Margery Melgaard

Mark Mittelstadt

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Marion Sheehan

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

Paul Drobot

Paul Drobot

Paul Drobot

Paul Drobot

Paul Drobot

Paul Drobot

Robert Bierman

Janice Stiefel
Family Asclepiadaceae
Asclepias syriaca L.
common milkweed, silkweed
Asclepias: named for the Greek god of healing Asklepios
syriaca: of Syria; an early introduced plant into Europe and mistakenly thought to come from the Orient by Linnaeus
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, 3'-6' tall forb, milky juice; mostly single, stout, hairy stems; colony-forming roots
Flower: pink to cream, 5-parted, 3/8"-5/8" tall, with the short, inwardly-curved horns shorter than the pale purple hoods; inflorescence several, densely-flowered, stalked, drooping umbels; blooms June-Aug.
Fruit:large, rough pods held erect on downwardly-pointing stalks; many seeds with silky hairs
Leaf:thick, elliptical to oblong, softly hairy, stalked
Habitat: full to partial sun; dry to wet; meadows, fields, prairies; in sandy, loamy soil
(Glossary)

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Synonyms 
Asclepias intermedia Vail
Asclepias kansana Vail
Asclepias syriaca L. var. kansana (Vail) E.J.Palmer & Steyerm.

         
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