Field Guide Friday – Butterfly Weed

Images via B. Naqqi Manco
Asclepias Curassavica, locally known as butterfly weed, is a flowering plant in the milkweed family, Asclepiadaceae.  As one would guess, the sap of this plant is milky (and rumored to be poisonous, especially damaging to the eyes).  It’s local name references it’s attractiveness to butterflies, as well as birds and bees, who like to visit the blossoms.  It is a nice addition to a flower garden, typically growing 2-4′ tall and flowering from spring until fall.  I love the wispy nature of these flyaway seed pods, so pretty!

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