Milkweed (2)

Asclepias subverticillata

Poison Milkweed
Asclepias subverticillata

Family: Dogbane (Apocynaceae)
AKA: Horsetail Milkweed, Western Whorled Milkweed
Photo taken on: June 12, 2009
Location: White Rock, NM
Life Zones: Plains to foothills
Habitat: Disturbed areas

Grows to 2½ feet. Flowers are ½" across with petals turned back and a hooded central column. The erect seed pods produced are up to 5" long.arrow

Asclepias subverticillata

Photo taken on: June 12, 2009
Location: White Rock, NM

Narrow leaves grow in widely spaced whorls around stem.

POISONOUS

Asclepias pumila

Dwarf Milkweed
Asclepias pumila

Family: Dogbane (Apocynaceae)
AKA: Low Milkweed, Plains Milkweed
Photo taken on: July 20, 2009
Location: Wet Mountains, Eastern CO
Life Zones: Plains to foothills
Habitat: Dry slopes and meadows

Grows to 8" with woody stems and whorled narrow leaves giving the plant a bottle-brush appearance. Flowers are tiny with lower petals bent back and upper petals erect The erect seed pods produced are 1½" long.

White/Cream Round Clusters