Family, Dogbane. Color, pale or deep pink. Leaves, opposite, oval, pointed, often with red petioles and veins. Calyx, 5-parted. Corolla, 5-lobed, bell-shape, with triangular bodies below the throat, opposite the lobes. Stamens, 5, with short filaments situated on the base of the corolla. Stigma, sessile, 2-lobed. Fruit, a long and slender pod. Seeds, furnished with a tuft of long, silky hairs. Bark, composed of tough fibers. Flowers, few and small, like tiny bells in terminal cymes, fragrant.

Spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsamifolium)

Spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsamifolium)

A loosely branched, shrub-like perennial herb, 1 to 4 feet high, in fields growing in light, moist or dry soil, from New England to Georgia and westward. (See illustration, p. 447.)