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Spreading Dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)
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Family: Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle)
Height: 1 to 4 ft. (shrub)
Blooms: June to August
Leaf Type: smooth
Bloom Size: 0.375 in. (typical)
Flower Description: Flat or rounded clusters, Fused petals, 5 parts
Location: Ghost Town Trail
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Folklore, History, and Other Facts
Contains poisonous cardiac glycosides.
The following information is taken from my great-grandmother's copy of The Herbalist (1918). This information is presented for historic purposes only, as many remedies recommended by this book are toxic!
We started out as wildflowers from the bicycle trails of western Pennsylvania, but we've grown!
Meyer, Joseph E. (1918). The Herbalist and Herb Doctor. Hammond, Ind.: Indiana Herb Gardens. 400 pp.