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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After many hours over several months, the girls made more than 1,000 seed balls full of several thousand milk weed and flowering seeds.
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In 2010 Lighthipe wrote and illustrated Mother Monarch, from Schiffer Publishing Co, a children's book to explain the symbiotic relationship between monarch caterpillars and milk weed. Through the book she is able to teach children how to identify milkweed and why it is necessary for the survival of the monarch butterflies.