Mystery Cordage Photos

Back in May I was visiting family in Maryland, and made some cordage from an unidentified plant growing behind my sister’s apartment. Click here to read the earlier post and Simone’s comment. Now it is in bloom, and she has sent me some photos. At first glance I think it is some kind of milkweed relative, judging by the flowers. I will look into it. Here are the leaves.

mystery cordage leaf structure

mystery cordage inflorescence

Milkweed-like flowers, but much more intensely pink than your average milkweed.

mystery cordage full

The whole plant, in the foreground.

mystery cordage fiber

Last year’s growth, with some wisps of the lovely fiber showing. Thanks for the photos, Simone, and for the on-line searching. I will consult some books and get back to you.

2 thoughts on “Mystery Cordage Photos

  1. I didn’t think of breaking off a leaf to see if there’s any notable sap or scent. I’ll give that a try!

    1. Hello!
      I think it might be Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata). I will post in more detail. Thanks, Simone. Very exciting!

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