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Class: Asclepias speciosa
Sub Family: Asclepiadaceae
Year: Perennial
Other Names: Common Milkweed, Silkweed
Colour: Mauve-pink
Height: 40 cm-1.2 m (16"-4')
Each Flower: 2 cm (3/4") across with 5 pinkish to brownish-purple, pointed, down-curved petals, joined near base to form short tube; inside petals are 5 mauve-pink, erect, horn-shaped structures called hoods, longer than petals; inside hood purple anthers curve over pistil; 5 green sepals, often reddish-tinged at tips and down-curved
Leaves: Opposite, lance-shaped, 10-20 cm (4-8") long, up to 10 cm (4") broad with pinkish mid-rib and pale almost transverse veins; blades softly hairy, downy beneath with short, stout stalks
Stems: Woody, green, round, slightly downy, hollow
Blooming Period: June - August
Habitat: Moister sandy or gravelly open areas, especially near ditches and streams, also along roadsides. Found at lower elevations

Injured stems and leaves exude sticky, milky juice