Spreading Dogbane
Apocynum androsaemifolium

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Apocynum (a-POS-ih-num) (Info)
Species: androsaemifolium (and-row-say-mee-fol-ee-um) (Info)

Category:

Herbs

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pink

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Wichita, Kansas

Brockton, Massachusetts

Worcester, Massachusetts

Erie, Michigan

Saint Helen, Michigan

Isle, Minnesota

Helena, Montana

Henderson, North Carolina

Chelan, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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3
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Neutral

On Jun 22, 2008, altagardener from Calgary, AB (Zone 3b) wrote:

The common name "dogbane" is more likely derived from its reputed toxicity to dogs, as "bane" means "cause of harm".

Neutral

On Nov 28, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Spreading Dogbane Apocynum androsaemifolium is native to Texas and other States.

Neutral

On Aug 16, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

The flowers of the plant can be deadly for insects when touched, scales in the throats of the flowers spring inwards, trapping the intruder.

The name "dogbane" derives from the root's reputed value as a remedy for the bites of mad dogs.