Dogbane (Indian Hemp)
Family: Apocynaceae - Dogbane Family
Perennial herbs; stems 11.8” to 3' (3 to 9 dm) tall
Leaves: opposite or whorled; 0.8” to 5.6” (2 to 14 cm) long, 0.4” to 2.8” (1 to 7 cm) wide; can have hairs
Flowers: flowers in cymes; 5 white to greenish petals; corolla 0.12” to 0.24” (3 to 6 mm) long; 5 sepals
Pollinators: moths and butterflies
Fruits: 2 follicles
Blooms in Arches National Park: May, June
Habitat in Arches National Park: riparian areas near Wolfe Ranch
Location seen: Roadsides, riparian, and disturbed areas
Other: The genus name “Apocynum” is from the Greek “apo” which means "away from" and “kyon” or “kunos” which means "dog". This is in reference to the plant's ancient use as a dog poison. The species name, “cannabinum” means “hemp-like”.
Did You Know?
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