butterfly weed

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Related to butterfly weeds: Asclepias tuberosa

butterfly weed

n.
A North American milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) having showy clusters of usually bright orange flowers and a root that was formerly used in medicine. Also called pleurisy root.

butterfly weed

n
(Plants) a North American asclepiadaceous plant, Asclepias tuberosa (or A. decumbens), having flat-topped clusters of bright orange flowers. Also called: orange milkweed or pleurisy root
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Noun1.butterfly weed - erect perennial of eastern and southern United States having showy orange flowersbutterfly weed - erect perennial of eastern and southern United States having showy orange flowers
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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Butterfly weeds are edging out delphiniums, clethra is hobnobbing with flowering dogwood, and sunflower is strutting like a prima donna.
Good nectar plants include Black-Eyed Susans, butterfly bushes, butterfly weeds, goldenrods, purple coneflowers, and zinnia.
Other good larva plants include milkweeds and butterfly weeds (for Monarch larva), snapdragons (buckeye larva), sassafras (spicebush swallowtail), violets (spangled fritillary), cherry trees (tiger swallowtail and viceroy) and honeysuckle (hummingbird moth).