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Sand Vine (Climbing Milkweed; Blue Vine)

Sand vine is a perennial, vigorous, aggressive climbing vine with stems that can reach lengths of 33 feet, covering fences and shrubs.

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Sand Vine (Climbing Milkweed; Blue Vine; Honey Vine)

Cynanchum laeve
Beloved by bees, butterflies, and other insects for its nectar, sand vine is a problem weed that can be difficult to eradicate. Some people cultivate it as an ornamental, and beekeepers value it as an excellent honey plant.

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Sand Vine Climbing Milkweed; Blue Vine)

Sand vine is a native milkweed vine that provides needed nectar for monarch butterflies as they migrate southward in late summer. Monarchs also lay their eggs on the plant, and their larvae feed on the foliage.

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Tall Green Milkweed (Fruits)

These are the fruits of tall green milkweed, Asclepias hirtella. Like those of other members of the milkweed tribe, the pod (technically, a follicle) contains numerous flattened seeds, each with its own little parachute of silky hairs, which allows them to float away in the breeze.

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Whorled Milkweed (Flowers)

These are the flowers of whorled milkweed, Asclepias verticillata. The milkweed group, with its distinctive floral structures, is a unique subfamily (or tribe) of the dogbane family. Even if you don’t remember all the terms for the ususual flower parts, it’s easy to learn to recognize the unique look of these flowers at a glance.

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Whorled Milkweed (Fourleaf Milkweed)

Asclepias quadrifolia
One of our earliest blooming milkweeds, whorled milkweed bears round clusters of pink or cream-colored flowers. As the common names suggest, at least some of the leaves are arranged in whorls of 4.

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Whorled Milkweed (Fourleaf Milkweed)

One of our earliest blooming milkweeds, whorled milkweed bears round clusters of pink or cream-colored flowers. As the common names suggest, at least some of the leaves are arranged in whorls of 4.

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