What is this this plant? It has taken over my tiger lily garden in northern...

Asked July 13, 2014, 10:42 AM EDT

What is this this plant? It has taken over my tiger lily garden in northern Minnesota near Bemidji this summer. See attached photos.

Hubbard County Minnesota

1 Response

Thank you for the question. It appears that you have a wild flower called Spreading Dogbane, Apocynum androsaemifolium, growing in your garden. It is found in many areas of the United States, tolerates sun or shade, and prefers dry sandy soils. It spreads rapidly via underground stems so it's not surprising that it is taking over your tiger lily patch. It has a milky sap that can be irritating to people with sensitive skin so gloves are suggested if you decide to pull it out. This a a wildflower that is attractive to bees and butterflies. Read these links to learn more about it.