Apocynum cannabinum


Common Names: Dogbane, amy root, hemp dogbane, prairie dogbane, Indian hemp, rheumatism root, wild cotton
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Dogbane family

A perennial herbaceous plant which grows up to 2 m. The stems are reddish and contain a milky latex. The leaves are opposite, simple broad lanceolate, 7 to 15 cm long and 3 to 5 cm broad, entire, and smooth on top with white hairs on the underside. It has large sepals, and a five-lobed white corolla.

Grows in open wooded areas, ditches, and hillsides. It is found in gravelly or sandy soil, mainly near streams in shady or moist places. Also found in meadows. Flowers from July to August.

Primary Flower Color: White
Secondary Flower Color: Green
 
Edible Notes: There are some reports that the seeds are edible. However most of the plant is generally considered very poisonous.
Warnings: The milky latex is capable of causing skin blisters. The plant is over-all fairly toxic, capable of causing heart issues among other dangerous symptoms.
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