Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large genus of North American herbs, natural order Asclepiadaceœ, popularly known as milkweed or silkweed. The plants are perennial herbs with milky juice, mostly upright with opposite or verticillate leaves, the flowers in umbels, and the seeds tufted with long silky hairs. Of the more than 70 species, nearly 50 are found within the United States. The butterfly-weed or pleurisy-root, A. tuberosa, has diaphoretic and mild purgative properties. The bastard ipecacuanha of the West Indies, A. curassavica, is a powerful emetic. Some of the species afford an excellent fiber.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A genus of plants including the milkweed, swallowwort, and some other species having medicinal properties.
- n. genus of chiefly North American perennial herbs: silkweed; milkweed.
“The Asclepias is a butterfly magnet, but mostly it is the Great Spangleds hanging around it.”
“The adults can take nectar from many different flowers, but they'll only lay their eggs near Asclepias .”
“Sigrid Gray , the Battery Conservancy's director of horticulture, said that they were offered seeds to grow milkweed, or Asclepias , the genus upon which monarchs' ability to reproduce depends, but discovered they already had most of them.”
“‘Jacob Kline’, Asclepias tuberosa started from seed was plunked in a blank space, Ratibidia columnifera seemed a good companion for the butterfly weed and daylilies abound.”
“The spotting of the Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly coincides with the opening of their favorite treat, the Asclepias tuberosa, butterfly weed.”
“And the Asclepias with bonus butterfly is also wonderful.”
“Asclepias tuberosa ‘Hello Yellow’ attracts many friends both human and insect.”
“We stake some things, like the tallest lilies, and prop up the Asclepias with fence pieces.”
“Furthermore, the monarch larvae feed on milkweed plants (Asclepias spp.), and thereby acquire the milkweed's cardenaloid poison.”
“Danaus plexippus – monarch butterfly egg, resting on Asclepias syriaca milkweed leaf, Monroe Township, Knox County, Ohio.”
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