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Pale Swallowwort
Cynanchum rossicum (Vincetoxicum rossicum)

Pale swallowwort was introduced from Europe in the 19th century. Black swallowwort (Cynanchum louisiae) is a closely related species that is also invasive. The two plants have similar leaves and growth habit, but they can be distinguished by their flowers. The petals of black swallowwort are much darker -- a purple that is nearly black. Black swallowwort petals are also slightly fuzzy, and they are shorter and wider than those of pale swallowwort.

Pale swallowwort is an invasive plant -- as a vine, it can grow over other vegetation, strangling or shading out native plants. More on this topic from Invasive Plant Atlas of New England.

• Family: Milkweed (Asclepiadaceae)
• Habitat: roadsides, fields, edges of woods, rocky areas
• Height: 3-5 feet
• Flower size: 1/8 inch across
• Flower color: dark red, dark pink, or yellow-brown
• Flowering time: June to September
• Origin: Europe

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Cynanchum rossicum
Cynanchum rossicum
Cynanchum rossicum
Swallowwort have seedpods similar to milkweed pods. The pods persist through winter.
Cynanchum rossicum

Last updated June 20, 2006. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.