asclepias tuberosa

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Related to asclepias tuberosa: Asclepias verticillata, Asclepias curassavica
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In milkweed family. Whole plant is edible when young. Showy orange/red flower clusters, pointy lance-shaped leaves. Round hairy stem (no milky juice). Root used especially to treat lung infections, asthma, bronchitis, vasodilator, anti-spasmodic, expectorant. Milkweed-type seed pods edible when young before silky floss forms. Flowers said to taste like sweet peas when steamed. Leaves can be used like spinach. Do not take in high doses or body will purge uncomfortably. Use poultice for skin problems like swellings, wounds, bruises, ulcers, rashes. Some people may have reactions, safer to boil.
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Asclepias tuberosa was not recorded in 2000, but two plants flowered in the study plots and several were noted outside the study plots during 2001.
One plant each of Hedyotis nigricans (narrowleaf bluet), Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly milkweed), and Prenanthes aspera (white lettuce) were located.
The vibrant orange-flowered butterfly weed Asclepias tuberosa can be seen with monarchs and morning cloaks fluttering around it.