Plant ID forum: Flowering shrub(?maybe?) with lovely scent

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SE Central Columbus, OH
DustWarden
Jun 26, 2017 8:15 PM CST
Found this growing along the fence between a residential home and local high school - may have been planted by the homeowner. Very strong- and beautifully-scented flowers - like perfume. Don't know how the pictures will look but the flowers are either purple shading to white or pink shading to white depending on who you ask. Milky sap when stem is cut. Didn't stop long enough to decide if it's a shrub or what.
My mom loves it & I can't find it in any of the "flower identification" websites I've tried. Can anyone help?
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Jun 26, 2017 8:18 PM CST
Looks like a species of Milkweed, but I'm not sure of which one.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jun 26, 2017 8:30 PM CST
I agree, those blooms are from Milkweeds (Asclepias) Are the leaves from the same plant? I'm not sure which one has leaves like that but we have many pages of Milkweeds listed in our database with photos for comparison: https://garden.org/plants/sear...

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Name: John
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ViburnumValley
Jun 26, 2017 9:10 PM CST
That is Common Milkweed - Asclepias syriaca - which is found throughout the Ohio River valley region.

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

Very easy to grow, but aggressive in the well-tended landscape. It colonizes from a vigorous root system. Best planted in the neighbor's property, a nearby unmowed field, etc.

I have this all over the Valley, and I'm happy to see all the insects that it attracts. The fragrance is emblematic of hazy hot humid Kentucky days and evenings.
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