White ¼” flowers from May through August develop into clusters of paired long narrow 5” spindle-shaped seed pods, glossy blue/green ovate leaves up to 6” long have a whitish bloom to them, sturdy upright stems often have a reddish cast and grow almost shrub-like, develops a tap root and spreads very readily by lateral rhizomes, tolerates very poor and/or gravely soils, attracts Butterflies, caterpillar host to the Snowberry Clearwing (Hemaris diffinis), Six-spotted Gray (Spargaloma sexpunctata), & Dogbane Tiger Moth Butterfly (Cycnia tenera). An excellent fiber plant.
Plant Hardiness Zones: 1-10b
Other names: Dogbane, Blue
Native Range: NL to NT & BC south to s. CA, TX and n. FL
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