Erect herb, one or two feet tall. Uppermost leaves
usually opposite each other, but lower leaves usually in whorls
of four. Flowers in crowded clusters, white or pale pink.
Flowers, like those of other milkweeds, oddly shaped, with 5
petals bent backwards and and a crown formed of 5 fused stamens,
each with a hood. Blooms in late spring and early summer.
Dry woods. In Wildwood, occasional on the eastern slope
of the Park.
Easily identified by the typical milkweed flowers, the
whorled leaves, the low stature, and the woodland habitat.
Common milkweed (A. syriaca) has white to purple flowers, butterflyweed (A tuberosa)
has orange flowers, and swamp
milkweed (A. incarnata) has pink ones. All
three of these are much taller than four-leaved milkweed and
prefer open areas.