Water/bog/marginal plant ID please.
We found this plant alongside the road in the marshy area in Southeast Louisiana. I have looked several places to find what it is with no luck. THanks in advance for your help. Jholeah
The shape of the flowers remind me of Asclepia. It may be a very weedy form of Asclepia tuberosa. Common name Orange milk weed.
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Thanks Silver surfer. The leaves are not right and the stem is not hairy. I have found since I posted the question, it is in the milkweed family. I think it is Asclepias lanceolata or few-flower milkweed. That one looks right on. I was told I was lucky to have it.
Glad that you got the correct id. It is always very difficult to be sure when iding from a couple of pics.
Asclepia lanceolata is very pretty, you are lucky to have it.
However, in Britain it is illegal to dig up plants from the wild. After all it might be something very rare/ the very last one in the area. So please do not do this again in the future. Just incase!
Take only memories, leave only footprints.
NPIN: Asclepias lanceolata (Fewflower milkweed)
Last edited by Silver surfer; 07-16-2010 at 10:15 AM.
Thanks. But I do not live in Britain. In Louisiana it is ok to dig up certain plants. And in the long run it was good I did. They decided to burn the marsh and killed these plants. So I at least saved one. And now that I am in Texas I asked around and it is ok here too but just not certain plants.
agree with Silver Surfer!!!!
And, of CRITICAL IMPORTANCE you did not even know what it was when you dug it up. however, what's done is done.
To other people on this forum, please be very careful about collecting wildflowers for your garden. It can be very difficult to provide GOOD plants with the environment and growing conditions they need and so the GOOD plants usually die. As well it is even more likely that you can bring home a noxious weed that while it may be pretty, can become a severe nuisance in your garden...as well as your neighbors) or much worse unleash a terrible problem into the surroundings it is brought into.
Every state and country in the civilized world has laws regarding the importation and cultivation of noxious weeds.
As a very experienced gardener I would advise anyone considering digging up native plants of any kind, in any location, to definatively find out what it is and whether it is a protected species or an invasive weed before just randomly digging things up and bringing them home .
There are laws here too Silver Surfer and folks, those laws are in place for very good reason. many, many beautiful plants are extinct and endangered because of such uneducated "collecting". In particular, our wetlands and the important ecosystems supported by them have been severely harmed by the infestation of non-native plants which choke out the plants which are supposed to be there. These non-native plants were brought there by people.
People who thought they were "pretty".
Purple loosetrife is a very good example of a pretty but very harmful introduced species. Please educate yourselves and as Silver says take only memories (or pictures) away.
Last edited by KarenZone3A; 07-16-2010 at 03:03 PM.
Well Karen. Becasue I lived in Louisiana all my lift till about 10 months ago and I am now 46 years old I know the plants that are DO NOT DIG ones. So as for your statement of CRITICAL IMPORTANCE it was not that important becasue I knew it was not on the list of do not dig plants. And yes, what is done is done. And yes I know Louisiana and Texas has some certain plants that are not to be dug. I am not STUPID.
Don't bother replying. I will not be able to read as I will not be a member of this site anymore. I am sure I can find a site where members are not so rude. All I was doing was letter her know it is not against the law to dig the plant and got rude remarks. Don't need it.
ANd one other point. To others on the forum. If you do choose to "collect" a wildflower just mimic the area you found it in.
My plant I have had for several years now and is doing just fine.
Last edited by Jholeah; 07-16-2010 at 08:36 PM.
OK then, whatever you say. enjoy your plant.