Plant ID forum: Asclepias in East Tennessee?

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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
May 2, 2017 8:40 AM CST

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I ran into this nice little fellow while hiking the Laurel Falls trail in the Smoky Mountains last week. Can anyone confirm what it is?

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)

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plantladylin
May 2, 2017 10:15 AM CST
Oooh, I LOVE the Smoky Mountains and although I've never taken the trail all the way to Laurel Falls, it's such a pretty area! One of our favorite hiking spots is an area at the Sugarland Visitors Center. Now that I'm older, even that trail is a bit difficult to maneuver in spots but still fun ... and so peaceful.

Although there are a few Asclepias native to Tennessee, the leaves on the plant in your photo remind me most of White Milkweed (Asclepias perennis)

On this page, it states that A. perennis grows in soil that stays continuously wet http://www.growmilkweedplants.... so if it was at a part of the trail with moist soil, it could be a possibility.




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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
May 2, 2017 10:31 AM CST

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Thanks for the reply, Lin. I also love that park and the whole region is just lovely.

I don't think this is A. perennis, which has pointy leaves. The specimen I saw on the trail has blunted leaves.
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
May 2, 2017 3:20 PM CST
I kinda think dogbane.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
May 2, 2017 3:55 PM CST

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I was wondering if it might be something other than asclepias. It does indeed look like Hemp Dogbane (Apocynum cannabinum)
Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Danita
May 2, 2017 4:20 PM CST
I was wondering if it could be Euphorbia. Something similar to Euphorbia corollata, perhaps. Shrug!

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