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Old 03-28-2013, 05:56 PM   #1
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I collected these from the edge of a pond today I think it's a milkweed of some type possibly swamp milkweed.I remember seeing it growing in this location last summer. Anybody know for sure what it is?
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:33 PM   #2
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I wouldn't swear to it, but it looks like dogbane to me. (Not sure of the botanical name, but it--dogbane-- is not a milkweed.)

Let's see what others say.
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Do any of these look familiar?


Yahoo! Image Search Results for dogbane apocynum
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Dogbane! I think you nailed it Dap it does sort of look similar to a milkweed during the growing season which would explain my confusion.
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~smile~

Yes, I think it is often mistaken for milkweed. I even recall one or two of our butterfly experts here warning against trying to use dogbane as a host plant or collecting their leaves by mistake when raising butterflies.
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I collected some pods myself last year and planted them about a month ago...they are out i the weather in containers covered by a screen.

Breaking open a dry pod gave me a pleasant surprise; white fluff burst forth reminding me of sparks from a magic wand. It was very cool.
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[/QUOTE]Breaking open a dry pod gave me a pleasant surprise; white fluff burst forth reminding me of sparks from a magic wand. It was very cool.[/QUOTE]
I had that same experience today!
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Yes, I think it is often mistaken for milkweed. I even recall one or two of our butterfly experts here warning against trying to use dogbane as a host plant or collecting their leaves by mistake when raising butterflies.
But isn't Dogbane a host plant for certain species? I thought I read that on a thread here somewhere I'll have to go looking
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But isn't Dogbane a host plant for certain species? I thought I read that on a thread here somewhere I'll have to go looking
It could be, but not for monarchs. Let us know what you find out.
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I had that same experience today!
~big grin~ Cool, wasn't it?
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