Showy Milkweed is a member of the
Milkweed Family. It
height and has
light green, thick, leathery leaves which grow on alternate sides of the
stem to 8 inches in length.
plant grows in clearings in pine forests and along roadsides at elevations between
Like other milkweeds, Showy
Milkweed produces a milky sap.
Showy Milkweed blooms between June - August and
produces a cluster of 1 inch wide, dull pink, star-like flowers with
five petals at the top of the stalk. Flowers are followed by a white,
woolly pod with soft spines that grows to 4 inches in length.