The problem with dogbane is that monarch and queen caterpillars will not eat it.
Dogbane plant. As the plant ages and once the flowers and seed pods appear it becomes obvious that the two plants are quite different. None have been reported to be especially harmful to dogs or cats but some have been said to emit repellent essential oils when bruised discouraging pets from visiting garden beds. This herbaceous perennial plant becomes about 2 5 tall at maturity. These leaves are 1 3 long and about one.
It is in the same plant family as milkweed. It is a poisonous plant. At intervals along these stems there are pairs of opposite leaves. Dogbane looks nice in a butterfly garden wild garden or natural garden.
Many people including entomologists have mistakenly given dogbane to their caterpillars only to watch them starve to death. It should not be consumed because it is considered poisonous but was used before modern medicine to treat a range of conditions chiefly heart trouble. Apocynum cannabinum dogbane amy root hemp dogbane prairie dogbane indian hemp rheumatism root or wild cotton is a perennial herbaceous plant that grows throughout much of north america in the southern half of canada and throughout the united states. Apocynum means poisonous to dogs.
The term dogbane either in genuine confusion or as a deliberate sales ploy has been applied without obvious justification to various groups of plants such as some species of plectranthus a genus in the catnip subfamily nepetoideae of the mint family lamiaceae. The stems are light green to red terete glabrous and sometimes glaucous. Initially this plant develops an erect central stem with opposite leaves during the late spring but during early to mid summer it branches abundantly. Common dogbane apocynum cannabinum dogbane family apocynaceae description.
Young dogbane plants look very much like milkweed in terms of leaf shape and overall stature. Dogbane is an interesting family of plants that have herbal and cordage uses. The leaf tips are pointed and the base is round.