Dogbane

DogbaneDogbane — Apocynum is a genus with about seven species, commonly known as Dogbane and Indian Hemp. The genus occurs throughout most of the temperate Northern Hemisphere, except for being absent from western Europe.

Apocynum species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Mouse Moth.

Dogbane, Apocynum, or Indian hemp, is an herb of the dogbane family, Apocynaceae. The seven species, all perennials native to North America, have milky sap, fibrous bark and leaves, and small, pale flowers. The common dogbane, Apocynum androsaemifolium, which frequently traps small insects in a sticky substance at the base of its flowers, is a shrublike herb with loose, flat clusters of pink, bell-shaped flowers.

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