Asclepias

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asclepias

(əˈskliːpɪəs)
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1. (Plants) any plant of the perennial mostly tuberous genus Asclepias; some are grown as garden or greenhouse plants for their showy orange-scarlet or purple flowers: family Asclepiadaceae. Sometimes called: milkweed
2. (Botany) any plant of the perennial mostly tuberous genus Asclepias; some are grown as garden or greenhouse plants for their showy orange-scarlet or purple flowers: family Asclepiadaceae. Sometimes called: milkweed
[Greek asklēpias swallowwort]
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Noun1.asclepias - genus of chiefly North American perennial herbs: silkweedAsclepias - genus of chiefly North American perennial herbs: silkweed; milkweed
dicot genus, magnoliopsid genus - genus of flowering plants having two cotyledons (embryonic leaves) in the seed which usually appear at germination
Asclepiadaceae, family Asclepiadaceae, milkweed family - widely distributed family of herbs and shrubs of the order Gentianales; most with milky juice
milkweed, silkweed - any of numerous plants of the genus Asclepias having milky juice and pods that split open releasing seeds with downy tufts
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Scouts also helped to plant victory gardens, set up food drives and collect paper and milkweed floss, which was used to stuff life jackets for sailors after the Japanese cut off this country's supply of kapok.
Because of its short length, milkweed floss has been blended with cotton and processed to develop yarns and fabrics (8), (9).
During World War II, American schoolchildren collected milkweed floss to fill life preservers for the armed forces.
Milkweed floss is a silky white seed with a resilient hollow tube that looks similar to a straw.