Photographer: Christopher Noll
Asclepias verticillata L.
Asclepias: named for the Greek god of healing Asklepios
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 8"-20" tall forb, milky juice; stems with downy lines, unbranched to the inflorescence; fibrous, clustered roots|
|Flower: ||white to greenish, 5-parted, 1/4" tall, awl-shaped horns longer than the hoods; inflorescence stalked umbels from the upper leaf nodes; blooms July-Sept.|
|Fruit:||slender, erect pods from erect stalks; many seeds on silky hairs|
|Leaf:||many whorls of 3-6, stalkless, linear leaves with pointed tips and bases|
|Habitat: ||dry; prairies, fields, roadsides, woods; in sandy soil; spreading northward|