This dainty, low growing Milkweed is characterized by the extremely small, narrow leaves which are arranged in whorls along the milky, swaying stalk.
The latter is very leafy, slender, and hairy and often branches sparingly at the top. It grows from one to two feet high from a cluster of roots. The delicate, thread-like leaves are nearly smooth, and from three to seven are grouped in circles, or occasionally they alternate. The margins are slightly turned backward. The many greenish white flowers are arranged in numerous clusters or umbels, and are set on slender stems both along the upper stalk and terminally. The oblong or egg-shaped parts of the corolla are greenish white, and the rounding oval or oblong white hoods are half as long as the incurved awl-shaped horn. It is found commonly in open woods and dry fields, on hills and prairies from Maine to Saskatchewan and south to Florida, Mexico and New Mexico, from July to September. This plant is used in the Southern States, where it is very common, as a remedy for snake bites and for relieving the bites or stings of venomous insects.