What plant is that?

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Blunt-leaved Milkweed   Blunt-leaved Milkweed blossom
Photo credits: © Francis R. Underwood 2012

This month’s mystery plant is a perennial with opposite, entire leaves and purple-pink flowers. The flowers are regular and in five parts. The opposite leaves are blunt at each end, clasp the stem and have a wavy margin. This plant stands 3-4 feet tall, has milky juice and usually has a single umbel of flowers at the end of the stem. It grows in dry, sandy open areas, fields and open woods. It blooms in July and it is listed on the RI Rare Plant List as a species of concern.

It’s. . .

Botanical Name:
Asclepias amplexicaulis
Common Name:
  Blunt-leaved or Clasping Milkweed
  Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)
  Dry sandy areas, fields, open woods

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