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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hirta and Vernonia gigantea flowered in 2000 and 2001, whereas those of Asclepias tuberosa flowered only in 2001.
These include four members of the genus Helianthus (the sunflowers), Silphium integrifolium (rosin-weed), Silphium perfoliatum (cup plant), Solidago speciosa (showy goldenrod), Allium (wild onion), two species of Anermone, Liatris aspera (rough gayfeather), Hedyotis nigricans (narrowleaf bluet), Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly milkweed), Calylophus serrulatus (plains yellow primrose), and Aster sericeus (silky aster).
The only other plant species showing evidence of deer browsing were the forbs Asclepias tuberosa and Lithospermum canescens and the woody plant Rosa arkansana.
Amaryllis Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly weed Jatropha integerrima Peregrina Ruella simplex Mexican petunia Lantana camara Lantana Barleria cristata Philippine violet Trachelospermum jasminoides Confederate jasmine Tradescantia pallida Purple queen Canna sp.
Some species, including Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly milkweed) and Silphium integrifolium (rosinweed), had both low germination and low field emergence.
The goals of this study are: (1) to test whether the milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed), is most effectively pollinated by butterflies, as suggested by its floral traits and the great variety and numbers of butterflies observed to visit its flowers; (2) to accurately measure several components of pollination effectiveness for each flower-visiting taxon; and (3) to determine whether the pollination spectrum (i.