Good morning! Welcome back to our wildflower series and today our flower is the “spreading dogbane”. Apparently the name dogbane comes from the fact this plant is toxic to both humans and animals. It is a native wildflower but many people consider it a nuisance weed. It grows mainly from rhizomes underground, but does produce seeds as well. It will grow in most any soil but prefers a sunny location. It grows about 2 feet (60cm) tall and can have many branches. The flowers are small, but beautifully scented. The wildflower can be found in most US states and right across Canada and bloom most of the summer. It is an important source of nectar for many insects including bees and butterflies such as the Monarch butterfly. Dogbane and milkweed (necessary for Monarch butterflies) are closely related. Have a wonderful day everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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