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milkweed

milkweed

CAREFUL Pink-purple flowers in clusters that sometimes droop.When it comes up in the springtime, you can use the young shoots and leaves just like asparagus. The white sap in the stem is a bitter latex that can be applied to warts, moles, ringworm, skin cancer and poison ivy rash. Young shoots, leaves and small young pods can be used as a vegetable (not the bigger older ones with all the fluffy stuff inside) if boiled and water replaced. Get rid of white latex by putting in water. Not poisonous in low doses, but the white sap latex is better used externally. Only eat the pods when young and seeds are white. The seeds become poisonous when they mature and start turning brown. Cooking makes milkweed safer to eat. Root tea used for kidney stones, asthma and expectorant to clear mucus. Know what you are doingsome milkweeds are poisonous. If not totally sure, don’t consume.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz
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Thus, our results with A. syriaca and other milkweeds suggest that injured leaf Pn reduction after herbivory is not caused from a resource trade-off with constitutive cardenolide levels.
We suggest that a consideration of plant reproductive phenology is necessary to help understand variation in injured A. syriaca leaf Pn responses.
The frequency of interspecific pollen movement from A. syriaca is low and similar to the frequency of interspecific matings reported for other insect-pollinated species.