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Butterfly Weed
Apocynaceae
Asclepias tuberosa


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Apocynaceae Family

Asclepias Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Butterfly Weed, Canada Root, Chigger Flower, Chiggerflower, Fluxroot, Indian Paintbrush, Indian Posy, Orange Milkweed, Orange Swallow-wort, Pleurisy Root, Silky Swallow-wort, Tuber Root, Yellow Milkweed, White-root, Windroot


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Main, Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
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General Information

Extracts in herbalism and by Native Americans were used as an expectorant for wet coughs and other pulmonary ailments.

The plant looks similar to the Lanceolate Milkweed (Asclepias lanceolata), but is uniquely identified by the larger number of flowers, and the hairy stems that are not milky when broken. It is most commonly found in fields with dry soil.




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Milkweed - January 05, 2010

Comment: Butterfly Weed, Asclepias tuberosa

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Chris2002
Chris2002
March 31, 2010
Asclepias tuberosa L.

Butterflyweed, Butterfly milkweed, Orange milkweed

Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)

USDA Symbol: ASTU

USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
This bushy, 1 1 2-2 ft. perennial is prized for its large, flat-topped clusters of bright-orange flowers. The leaves are mostly alternate, 1 1 22 1 4 inches long, pointed, and smooth on the edge. The yellow-orange to bright orange flower clusters, 25 inches across, are at the top of the flowering stem. The abundance of stiff, lance-shaped foliage provides a dark-green backdrop for the showy flower heads.
This showy plant is frequently grown from seed in home gardens. Its brilliant flowers attract butterflies. Because its tough root was chewed by the Indians as a cure for pleurisy and other pulmonary ailments, Butterfly Weed was given its other common name, Pleurisy Root. Although it is sometimes called Orange Milkweed, this species has no milky sap.

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