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creeping dogbane

Apocynum androsaemifolium

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low - medium
full sun - full shade
upright, spreading
8 - 18"
pink
summer

Photo credit: 

E. Conrad

Small pink bell-shaped flowers adorn creeping dogbane in the summer, especially those in sunny spots
Small pink bell-shaped flowers adorn creeping dogbane in the summer, especially those in sunny spots

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

A stand of creeping dogbane shows a thick overlapping growth habit in a shaded habitat
A stand of creeping dogbane shows a thick overlapping growth habit in a shaded habitat

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Small pink bell-shaped flowers adorn creeping dogbane in the summer, especially those in sunny spots
Small pink bell-shaped flowers adorn creeping dogbane in the summer, especially those in sunny spots

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Full shade, full sun, it doesn't matter to this guy. Spreading dogbane creeps via rhizome to colonize open areas with its graceful arching low-profile branches. Plant it in established areas or spots where you don't mind it spreading out a bit. Delicate pink flowers become long seed pods that release tiny windborn seeds. Spreading dogbane grows successfully in full shade (look for it up Spring Creek in the Rattlesnake) and also in full sun on dry sunny slopes (Sawmill Gulch has some good examples).