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| Asclepias tuberosa
|Common Name ||Butterfly Milkweed |
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|Distribution ||Mixed grassland; Moist Mixed Grasslands; Aspen Parkland; Along Roadsides |
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|Cultivation ||Flowering: May - September.
Readily hybridizing, milkweeds arise from creeping rhizomes and are moderately fast growing. Typically, two to six feet in height.
Leaves: Ovate to oblong, mostly opposite, rarely alternate (forming pairs or whorls).
Flowers: The blooms (0.5'' wide) open in crowded, many flowered, rounded, axillary and terminal umbels. 5 petals |
|Harvest ||It produces 70,000 seeds per pound. Typically, the honey is light coloured with a mild flavour. |
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|History ||Asclepias = Greek God of Healing (Aesclepius)
The fluffy fibre from the pods has been used as quilt batting and stuffing for jackets and life preservers. |
|Reference ||Burdock Root,,PlantFBeeKInCanada,1,2 |