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back40bean
Decatur, GA
(Zone 7b)

July 26, 2012
10:54 AM

Post #9219437

And if so which one. The second pic is one of the seed pods with a guest who does not seem to want to leave. I'd like to know who he/she is also. The plant flowered earlier in the summer, red flowers. Thanks for any help.

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greenthumb99

greenthumb99
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

July 26, 2012
11:54 AM

Post #9219511

It is indeed an Asclepias, though I'm not sure which one. The insect in the second photo is a Large Milkweed Bug.
JaneJabbour
Charleston, SC
(Zone 8a)

July 26, 2012
12:26 PM

Post #9219539

I did a little browsing to try to ID the Asclepias...but nothing seems a perfect fit. A. syriaca has similar leaves, judging from the photos online, but the color is more pinkish than red. What about A. purpurescens?
frostkay268
Linden, TX

August 2, 2012
4:26 PM

Post #9227479

The bug eats the seeds in the milkweed pod, so if you are interested in collecting seeds, I would destroy the milkweed bug. On a field trip I shared that bit of info with a fella and he picked the mature looking pod and sure enough not a seed was inside.
If you collect seeds and share, I would be interested in some.

greenthumb99

greenthumb99
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 2, 2012
7:39 PM

Post #9227696

I have A.purpurescens and it does have broad, dark green, glossy leaves like in the photo and multtiple terminal flower clusters. I have never seen A. syriaca display pods as a terminal "cockscomb".
back40bean
Decatur, GA
(Zone 7b)

August 3, 2012
6:37 AM

Post #9228005

Thanks, greenthumb99 and JaneJabbour, I think it is probably A. purpurescens. I'll pay closer attention to it next year. Frostkay268, there are seeds in the pods, at least the one I looked in. If you send me a D-mail with a mailing address I'll send you some. Thanks, again.

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