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Flower consists of 4 petals hanging downward and a crown of 5 incurved horns; color is pink and flowers are borne in a cluster.
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Long and narrow and taper off to a point, 2 3/4 – 6 inches long and 1/2 – 1 inches wide, opposite arrangement. Glabrous.
Capsule up to 4 inches long, filled with brown seeds attached to a silk parachute.
Host plant for the monarch butterfly; good nectar plant for many pollinators.
Most often found on the margins of flooded plains, lakes, ponds, waterways, marshes, swamps, and other wet areas.
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Showy flowers attract both butterflies and hummingbirds.
If aphids appear, blast off with hose or leave alone, especially if monarch caterpillars are on the plant. Aphids are not a fatal condition.