Herb to about 5 feet tall with opposite, broad oval leaves. Bleeds white sap from any broken or bruised
part. Flowers are in large, almost ball-shaped clusters, somewhat nodding. They have 5 downward-sweeping white to pink or purplish petals,
and a crown formed of 5 fused stamens, each with a hood.
The crown is a paler color.
Blooms in midsummer. Fruit is a pimply pod that splits open in
the fall to release seeds with little tufts of down that are
carried away by the wind.
Despite the scientific name (Syrian!), this is a native. Likes open, fields and roadsides. Occasional in open areas of the Park.