Apocynum cannabinum, Indian Hemp, Amyroot, Bitter-Root, Rheumatism Weed, Wild Cotton, General Marion’s Weed
A perennial that grows spindly limbs to about three feet. Leaves are opposite or in a whirl pattern, are egg shaped and have fine white hairs underneath. Flowers are small, white and grow in clusters. Fruit is a long, thin pod which hangs.
Only during drought conditions, unpalatable. Plant material is toxic both green and dried.
The entire plant is toxic.
Sweating, strong pulse, dilated pupils, discoloration of mouth and nostrils, lack of appetite, diarrhea, death.
Contains cardiac glycosides which can be fatal.
*It should be noted that we are not veterinarians. This information is written specifically for horses and should be used for reference purposes only. If you think your horse has eaten something toxic call your vet right away.