Blunt-leaf Milkweed; Curly Milkweed
Asclepias amplexicaulis /Milkweed Family
Height: to 3'
May 2, 2005
I noticed this plant growing along a road that I have driven on to my outdoor science outreach programs for 17 years! So, that just proves you can never assume you've seen everything blooming in an area. It was the only plant of its kind I saw in the area. Milkweeds have "parachute" seeds that can travel for miles on a good stiff autumn breeze, so the parent plant may have been very far away. The leaves of this plant are not as curly as the specimen in my book. The flowers are on long stalks. This plant made my "spring wildflower goal", it was plant #600 for Tennessee wildflowers!
Where seen:Oak Ridge