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Butterfly Weed/Milkweed
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Butterfly Weed/Milkweed

Scientific name: Asclepias tuberosa

Description and characteristics: Perennial. Common names - Fewflower Milkweed, Cedar Hill Milkweed. Southeast Texas native.

It serves as a host plant for larvae of monarch, queen, and soldier butterflies. It also serves as a source of nectar for adult butterflies and insects.

Floss from the seeds can be used as a stuffing component or can be made into cloth when mixed with other materials. This floss is water resistant.

The genus name Asclepias is given in honor of "Aesculapius", who was an inspired physician that became a Roman and Greek demigod of healing and medicine. Aesculapius was so good at healing the sick that it was even believed he could give life to the dead. This rumor worried Hades (the ruler of the dead) and he complained to Zeus. Zeus feared that all men might become immortal and killed Aesculapius with a lightning bolt.

This is a Texas native plant. See http://npsot.org/wp/story/2012/2235/ for more information about native milkweeds.

Size: 3 feet

Flower: Red-orange, yellow

Requirements: Full sun. Likes dry soil. Deer resistant. Easy to grow. Can be invasive since it re-seeds itself.

Danger: Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested



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