Native SpeciesMilkweed

Asclepias syriaca
NOT FOUND by CommonMilkweedA
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by AW & PD
Peer reviewed by JW, AS & STH
Field Notes
We see ice on every thing, the air smells like rain.The ice on the ground crackles as the other kids walk on it.The dirt is sandy but covered in ice.The edges of the roads are lined with trees and the spot between the two roads has tall grass, dyeing raspberry bushes and the plant we found. We were surprised that we did not find milkweed because the soil was sandy and our source sheet said that milkweed grows in sandy soil. The plant we did find was not milkweed. It was discouraging not to find our species.
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
We think we did not find it because it was not close to two meters tall and according to our species I.D sheet milkweed is close to 2 meters tall. Our plant we found is not milkweed because when we put a ruler up to it it was almost all the way up the stalk.
Photo of my evidence.
We think we did not find milkweed because milkweed has blade leaves and the plant we found has has simple leaves. Also the leaves were smaller than milkweed leaves.
Photo of my evidence.
We think we did not find it because it had a thin stiff stalk with two branches at the top and milkweed has a smooth stalk with no branches. Also milkweed has purplish flower in the summer and has seed pods in the fall. The plant we found had fluffy white flowers and no seed pods.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I did not find it
Scientific name:
Asclepias syriaca
Common name:
Sampling method: 
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 44.022840 °
W -70.964920 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Upland - Developed areas
Trip Information
MOMS School Yard (Powerline Rd)
Trip date: 
Tue, 2016-11-29 08:26
Town or city: 
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey
Lower Androscoggin


I think that your vital signs was really good. the plant we found is probably not the same plant either.

I think you did a good job. I also think that when you go to look for something and you find something else, it will help when you go to look for the plant, you will at least know where to look.

Your pictures are really good even though you did not find it you found something else and i'm wondering what it is. Your pictures look great and your sketch I really good,descriptive.

Keep Looking For The common Milkweed!

Good for you for going out into the cold to look for such an important native species. I know it can be discouraging to not find something, but this means you found something else...I wonder what it is?

Stay curious!

We think we we know what the plant that we found is. We think it is hardhack. We think this because it has fluffy white gray flowers in a cone shape. Also the only plant we could find on line that was like the plant we found was hardhack. This link is going to takes you to the pictures we found that we think represents the plant that we found. They are pictures that are of the flowers, part of the way down the page.