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Milkweed (Asclepias syricacia)    
Family: Apocynaceae      
                   
  Milkweed  

Location:

  • Dry fields, edges of forests, drought tolerant
  • Needs full sun

Characteristics:

  • a herbaceous plant
  • Height: 1 m (3-4 ft) tall
  • Leaves and stems exude milky sap when broken

Uses:

 

 
 

 

Leaves:

  • Green, light green underside

 

         
    Milkweed Leaf  
         

 

Fruiting Structures:

  • Green pod, bumpy surface, __ cm (3-4 in) in length
  • Contain fluffy, wind-carried seeds
  • Flowers light pink in round, drooping cluster

 
  Milkweed pod    
 

 

Notes:

  • Milkweed leaves are the primary food for Monarch butterfly larvae, and the flowers serve as a nectar source for butterflies.

 

 
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