Apocynum androsaemifolium
(Spreading Dogbane)

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Spreading Dogbane, Flytrap Dogbane, Bitterroot
    Synonyms: Apocynum ambigens, Apocynum pumilum, Apocynum scopulorum
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 4 - 9
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: June - August
    Status: Native

Apocynum androsaemifolium, or Spreading Dogbane, is native to most of the continental United States, except it is not reported from Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, or Kansas. It grows in dry, sandy or gravelly soil in open meadows and prairies, as well as along woodland edges, open pine woods, and along railroads and roads. It blooms in mid summer, with striped pink flowers that look almost like candy.

There are two species of Apocynum in the United States. Apocynum androsaemifolium has stems that are long and usually horizontal and it also has pink flowers; meanwhile, Apocynum cannabinum grows on erect stems and has white flowers.

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