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back40bean
Decatur, GA
(Zone 7b)

July 30, 2012
11:32 AM

Post #9223732

I found a couple of these near our cabin in western NC. Can anyone identify this for me? Thanks.

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back40bean
Decatur, GA
(Zone 7b)

July 30, 2012
11:40 AM

Post #9223739

Here's a better view of the flower. Thanks again for any help.

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hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

July 30, 2012
11:46 AM

Post #9223748

looks like some kind of butterfly weed (Asclepias)

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/your-garden/plant-finder/plant-details/kc/b490/asclepias-tuberosa.aspx
back40bean
Decatur, GA
(Zone 7b)

July 30, 2012
12:10 PM

Post #9223770

I wondered about Asclepias. The same day I took the pic I planted A. tuberosa in a sunnier area. These are growing in a fairly shady place but the butterflies were on it. I thought the foliage on this one was different from the one I planted. Possibly another species?
JaneJabbour
Charleston, SC
(Zone 8a)

July 30, 2012
3:01 PM

Post #9223940

Likely Asclepias currassavica?
back40bean
Decatur, GA
(Zone 7b)

July 30, 2012
5:11 PM

Post #9224075

I have a friend who recently offered me seeds of Asclepias currasivica. Judging from pictures it seems a possibility, I'll try to get by to look at his plants soon. These are growing in the mountains of western NC and in a fairly shady place, which I would not have expected for that plant. Of course my expectations are often proved incorrect. Thanks for the suggestion.
hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

July 31, 2012
3:38 AM

Post #9224491

Asclepias curassavica is tropical (zones 9-11) though but still a wonderful annual to grow in frost zones.

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/your-garden/plant-finder/plant-details/kc/c376/asclepias-curassavica.aspx

back40bean
Decatur, GA
(Zone 7b)

July 31, 2012
7:30 AM

Post #9224651

Hcmcdole, that's why I was/still am skeptical. Of course it does spread quite a bit by seed and I was surprised to see on the USDA site that one of the states in which it has naturalized is TN. I thought I noticed the foliage being different on the plant I found from the one I planted, but it may be that some of the foliage on the found plant had been eaten by caterpillars. I will mark the plants before Fall and see if they return in the Spring as a perennial. That will also help me keep track of them through the rest of next year. I appreciate your thoughts.
hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

July 31, 2012
8:38 AM

Post #9224708

I still think it is some form of tuberosa (Park Seeds has several colors of it but it is probably hybrids).

http://parkseed.com/asclepias-tuberosa-gay-butterflies-mix/p/32336/

back40bean
Decatur, GA
(Zone 7b)

July 31, 2012
9:08 AM

Post #9224757

I was unclear. I was skeptical of the A. curassavica ID and agreeing that it is probably A. tuberosa.
l6blue
Coon Rapids, MN
(Zone 4b)

July 31, 2012
2:46 PM

Post #9225149

Your pictures look to me like two distinct plants. The first photo looks like some sort of fringed orchid. Maybe Platanthera cristata?
back40bean
Decatur, GA
(Zone 7b)

July 31, 2012
3:42 PM

Post #9225215

Gee, I wish we were still there so I could take a closer look. We'll be back soon-ish, hopefully before the blooms are completely gone.
back40bean
Decatur, GA
(Zone 7b)

July 31, 2012
4:03 PM

Post #9225245

I looked up Planthera cristata and I believe/hope you are right. The two plants are just about a foot apart, still I feel a bit silly to have thought they were the same. I'm excited to go back up to check on them and mark the area to look for them again next year. Thank you all so much for the help.

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