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Mixed grassland; Moist Mixed Grasslands; Aspen Parkland; Along Roadsides
Flowering: May - September. Readily hybridizing, milkweeds arise from creeping rhizomes and are moderately fast growing. Typically, two to six feet in height. Leaves: Ovate to oblong, mostly opposite, rarely alternate (forming pairs or whorls). Flowers: The blooms (0.5'' wide) open in crowded, many flowered, rounded, axillary and terminal umbels. 5 petals
Asclepias = Greek God of Healing (Aesclepius) The fluffy fibre from the pods has been used as quilt batting and stuffing for jackets and life preservers.
It produces 70,000 seeds per pound. Typically, the honey is light coloured with a mild flavour.
This perennial forb prefers a coarse-to-medium textured soil with dry-to-moist conditions. Generally, considered beneficial to bees; however, it is conceivably possible for bees and other small pollinators to become trapped in a blossom. Also, the sticky pollen masses might cling to a bee's head or legs (affecting her mobility or appearance).