Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Plant of the Week

Swamp milkweed
Asclepias incarnata L.
other common names: rose milkweed, silkweed, water nerve root, white Indian hemp
Asclepias: from the name of the Greek god of healing and medicine
Incarnata: from Latin, for “flesh,” referring to the flesh-colored flowers
Milkweed family: Asclepiadaceae

Photograph by Thomas Rosburg, Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie: The Upper Midwest, Second Edition

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