Plant ID forum: Ascleplias tuberosa?

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Name: Clint Brown
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clintbrown
May 28, 2012 6:56 AM CST
I found these growing in a hayfield. I think they are Asclepias tuberosa, but they don't match up to the ones I've always seen. This one is red and the blooms are all the way down the stems in little circular groupings. It never makes seed pods. Could it be a hybrid?

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These were found in the same field. They have more orange in the blooms but all the stems are red too.


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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
May 28, 2012 12:46 PM CST

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It is Asclepias tuberosa. I've never seen one that was quite that red before, but have seen some that were close.
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threegardeners
May 28, 2012 4:42 PM CST
WOW!! Wish I could find something that looked like that growing in a hayfield!! It'd be growing in my garden before it knew what hit it Big Grin
Name: Clint Brown
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clintbrown
May 28, 2012 6:05 PM CST
I felt sorry for them. They were cut down several times each summer. I would drive by and notice their bright blooms starting to open and then they would harvest the hay and cut them down. My dad helped me dig up several big bunches. They sulked for one year and now they are really growing like crazy!

That first one is very unusual to me. It's the only one I've ever grown that has that many blooms up and down the stalks like that. I have had it for 3 years and not one seed pod has been on that one. It's strange to me that it won't make seeds.

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