with stem nodes each containing 🍁︎ leaves or ⬮ leaf scars usually numbering/​arranged:
1-at-a-node,
arranged
╧╤╧╤
alternate
 (spiral)
  if unsure
2-at-a-node,
arranged
═╪═╪
opposite
 or
3+-at-a-node,
arranged
═❋═❋
whorled
:

2-at-a-node, arranged ═╪═╪ opposite

2-at-a-node,
arranged
═╪═╪
opposite

MAD-Cap-Horse
  2-at-a-node
arranged
═╪═╪
opposite
⊕ decussate

2-at-a-node arranged ═╪═╪ opposite ⊕ decussate

The identification paths for these plants are 🚧 under construction.  Until we finish, …
clusters of very-small flowers with 5 petals=various colors
milkweed  genus Asclepias and related genera
clusters of very-small flowers with 5 petals=pink or light purple around white center, 40% of sphere, 👃︎ subtle smell of vanilla
♒︎ swamp milkweed  Asclepias incarnata
clusters of very-small flowers with 5 petals=dusty rose, 80% of sphere, 👃︎ smells flowery
common milkweed  Asclepias syriaca
clusters of very-small flowers with 5 petals=brilliant orange around a yellow center, 10% of a sphere, 👃︎ little smell
butterfly milkweed  Asclepias tuberosa
waist-high perennial, clusters of very-small flowers with 5 petals=white around a white center, 20% of a sphere, leaves=very narrow
whorled milkweed  Asclepias verticillata

Virginia springbeauty  Claytonia virginica
leaves=🍂︎ non-lobed;  petals=purple (very-dark) or black
◼︎ black swallow-wort  Cynanchum louiseae
◼︎ pale swallow-wort  Cynanchum rossicum
🇪🇺 European fireweed  Epilobium hirsutum

◼︎ eastern purple coneflower  Echinacea purpurea
Joe Pye weed  genus Eutrochium

3+-at-a-node, arranged ═❋═❋ whorled

The identification paths for these plants are 🚧 under construction.  Until we finish, …
leaves=very thin, ❋ whorled, 11 at each node
horsetail  genus Equisetum

🍓︎ strawberry  genus Fragaria

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