Apocynum androsaemifolium
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Hardiness Zone: 2-9 Height: 0.3-1.2 metres; 1-4 feet Spread: 0.6-1.8 metres; 2-6 feet Sun: Full sun to full shade Water: Medium to dry Wildlife: Attractive to butterflies Bloom Colour: pale pink Tolerates: very acid soils; all soil types; Culture: Easy to grow in well-drained sandy, loam or heavy clay soils. Noteworthy Characteristics: Spreading Dogbane is a rather lanky plant with small fragrant pale pink flowers. All parts of the plant are poisonous, although native North American Indians reportedly employed it to treat a wide variety of complaints including headaches, convulsions, earache, heart palpitations, colds, and dizziness. The women of some American tribes used dogbane stem fibers (best harvested in the fall) to make fine thread, used for sewing and for making twine, nets, fabric, and bowstrings.