Swamp Milkweed - Western Swamp Milkweed
Asclepias incarnata
Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed) Family

Plant is an upright, smooth to slightly hairy perennial. Preferred habitat is along stream banks, wet ditches and moist fields or woods. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are opposite; up to 10 inches long; consisting of one whole part; short stalk; lance-like and widest at the middle; no teeth and no lobes.

Flowers are in an umbel at the top of the stem; corolla is pink to rose; hoods are pink to rose. Flowers occur in the summer.

Fruit is a follicle having more than one seed and the pod splits along the suture.

The silky part of the fruit was once used as a substitute for kapok in life preservers. The young shoots when cooked are edible as are the young flowers and leaves. Caution must be taken to be certain you are eating the swamp variety and not the red Butterfly Weed, which is poisonous and found on pastures and woodland edges.

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