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Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa)

Natural History

Showy Milkweed is a member of the Milkweed Family. It grows to 4 feet in height and has light green, thick, leathery leaves which grow on alternate sides of the stem to 8 inches in length. The plant grows in clearings in pine forests and along roadsides at elevations between 6000-9000 feet.

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.

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