Spreading dogbane is commonly found in wooded areas as the flowers tend to droop in the heat of the day. The pods of the plant are poisonous though the stems have strong fibers which were used as a strong, fine thread by First Nations Peoples. They were twined together to create bow strings and woven to make fishing nets. The leaves and stems extrude a milky sap which has chemicals related to digitalis and so was used medicinally but due to harmful side-effects the practice stopped.
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