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Black bears have been seen near Devils Garden Campground. Don't lure or feed them. Dispose of trash in designated receptacles; don't leave it in bags or other soft containers. Store food in vehicles or hard containers when not being prepared or consumed. More »
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?
Lizards, including the colorful collared lizard, are one of the most frequently seen animals at Arches. When not chasing flies or basking in the sun, they are often seen doing what appears to be push-ups. This odd dance might enhance their stereoscopic vision, helping them see what's looking back at them.