Asclepias syriaca, commonly called common milkweed, butterfly flower, silkweed, silky swallow-wort, and Virginia silkweed, is a species of flowering plant. It is native to southern Canada and much of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains, excluding the drier parts of the prairies. It is in the genus Asclepias, the milkweeds. It grows in sandy soils as well as other kinds of soils in sunny areas.
milk + weed
milkweed (plural milkweeds)
- Any of several plants that have a milky sap and have pods that split to release seeds with silky tufts.
- Principally of the genus Asclepias in order Gentianales, family Apocynaceae
- Also of the genus Calotropis in order Gentianales, family Apocynaceae
- Euphorbia peplus and Euphorbia heterophylla, in order Malpighiales.
- A monarch butterfly (Danaus spp).
- (plants in genus Asclepias): common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), clasping milkweed (Asclepias amplexicaulis