Asclepias amplexicaulis blunt-leaved milkweed Asclepiadaceae  ASAM; Bx, vc; R (DeCandido 2001);

  

Asclepias amplexicaulis. Emmet J. Judziewicz  Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium. University of Wisconsin at Stevens point.wisplants.uwsp.edu

Asclepias amplexicaulis. Emmet J. Judziewicz Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium. University of Wisconsin at Stevens point.wisplants.uwsp.edu (Accessed 12/2014).

Asclepias amplexicaulis is a perennial herb from a rhizome, to 80 cm tall, sap milky, plant usually pale, waxy-green (glaucous). 

Leaves opposite, oval to broadly oblong, 7-15 cm long, tip blunt, base usually lobed, clasping stem, margin often wavy. 

Flowers greenish-purple and pinkish, radially symmetrical (regular) to 1.8 cm long (see A. syriaca); inflorescence, terminal, umbrella-shaped, on a stalk 10-30 cm long, flowers numerous; May-July. 

Asclepias amplexicaulis (blunt-leaved milkweed).MBGargiullo.NJ Pine Barrens Rt.530 off Rt 70.7/25/92

Asclepias amplexicaulis (blunt-leaved milkweed).MBGargiullo.NJ Pine Barrens Rt.530 off Rt 70.7/25/92

Fruit dry, hollow pods, slender, elongate 10-13 cm long, erect on bent stalks; splitting open to release plumed seeds, dispersed by wind. 

Wetland status: UPL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Dry open habitats, sandy soil.