Other names: Common milkweed
Life cycle: Perennial
Found in: Northeastern U.S., south to Virginia and northern Georgia and west to the Rocky Mountains.
General description: Erect plant that secretes a milky sap when broken.
Seedlings: Cotyledons are flat, oval and dull green. Many times, plants emerge from a taproot with deep rhizomes.
True leaves: Opposite, untoothed, oval or oblong. Lower leaves have fine hairs, while upper leaves are smooth.
Flowers and fruit: Flowers are green-white to green-purple and bloom in clusters at the end of
a long slender stalk. Fruit is teardrop-shaped, gray-green, hairy pods that contain many flat brown seeds with a papery margin and a tuft of silky hairs.