Asclepias variegata / Milkweed Family
Height: 8" - 40"
This plant looks similar to the Four-leaf Milkweed except the leaves are opposite instead of whorled and the flowers are more compact on shorter stems. Tennessee has 13 species of milkweed. They come in a variety of colors, including pink, orange, white, green, and maroon. Watch for yellow, black and white-striped Monarch caterpillars on milkweeds, the butterflies lay their eggs on milkweed leaves which contain a poison. (See the Butterflies, Moths, and Caterpillars Gallery)
Where seen: Oak Ridge Greenways