from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name of the North American plant Asclepias tuberosa; the pleurisy-root.
- n. The butterfly-pea, Clitoria Mariana.
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Plants characteristic of the prairie area include big bluestem, Indian grass, whorled rosinweed, butterfly-weed, ladies'-tresses and bush clover.
Under the birch-tree a few small brown butterflies, using the butterfly-weed for corners, were playing puss-in-the-corner,
The highest were the white tufts of yarrow and butterfly-weed -- the flaming milkweed that drew you like a magnet.
The butterfly-weed, with its brilliant scarlet flowers, attracted flocks of butterflies and made fine masses of color.