A native plant in central and eastern North America, Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) blooms during the summer. Typically, it can be found along roadsides and fields.
The spring shoots arise from underground root buds or from newly germinating seeds.
A single mature plant will have flower buds and flowers in various stages of development at any single point in time.
The ball-like inflorescence is an umbel containing dozens of flowers on distinct pedicels (flower stalks).
Dried seed pods remain on the plant throughout winter and early spring.
Watch this video about Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) to learn about the plant’s decussate leaf arrangement, to study the flowers with their intricate parts, and to see the tightly packed seeds in their pod.