Plant ID forum: prairie milkweed ???

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North Central Illinois (Zone 5a)
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Pegasys
Jun 3, 2016 5:15 PM CST
I ran across is milkweed look-alike near some common milkweed 42.3566839,-88.8507491 south facing very dry hard packed soil in groupings much like the common milkweed a few feet away . It bleeds like a milkweed ;} but underside of leaves are silky smooth as topside ... stem is solid but fleshy at this stage . could it be - Asclepias sullivantii ???
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North Central Illinois (Zone 5a)
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Pegasys
Jun 3, 2016 6:34 PM CST
looks like is common dog bane ... except its definitely NOT in a wet area
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North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 3, 2016 8:24 PM CST
It can't be Asclepias sullivantii as the leaves in your photos are not opposite.
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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jun 3, 2016 8:48 PM CST
@Pegasys You may find this link helpful. It has info on Illinois Native milkweeds and a number of others also.


http://www.growmilkweedplants.com/illinois-native-milkweed.h...
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Pegasys
Jun 4, 2016 8:24 AM CST
Great site Moonhowl ... nothing matches it exactly . since there is a decent amount of it and I know that place gets mowed 3x / yr I spose I should collect a few and put them in my test area so see what they turn out like ...

The more I looked around where this plant came from there were 3 to 4 clumps of a dozen or so individuals . The roots and rhizomes resemble milkweed exactly . This particular area gets mowed 3 or 4 times a year and its just feet away from cultivated farmland { corn this year} . I snapped a few more pics of the clump I took in its new temporary home . Its very cloudy and cool today so there should be little to no transplant shock . When they flower I will post the inflorescence pics .
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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jun 4, 2016 11:02 AM CST
I wonder if it could be Euphorbia? Perhaps Flowering Spurge, Euphorbia corollata ?

http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/prairie/plantx/flw_spurg...


This is the full site for Illinois prairie wildflowers.

http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/prairie/plant_index.htm
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 4, 2016 11:10 AM CST
I think Moonhowl nailed it with Euphorbia corollata.

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North Central Illinois (Zone 5a)
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Pegasys
Jun 4, 2016 1:43 PM CST
Yes I do think its a Euphorbia ... In reading the associated fauna I regrettably saw Tachnid Fly ... Monarch larvae mortal enemy it is ... $#@$@#&! I agree Thank You!
My kilt beats the pants off saxon pants especially in summer !
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jun 4, 2016 6:17 PM CST
I do not know if I should say You are most welcome, or Gee I am so sorry... Big Grin
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 4, 2016 7:05 PM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious!
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