Milkweed, Butterfly

Scientific Name: Asclepias tuberosa

Family: Apocynaceae

Height: 1-2.5 ft

Spread: 1-2.5 ft

Bloom Time: July-August

Native Range: Eastern and Southwestern North America, Pennsylvania

Ecological Value: Larval host for monarch and queen butterflies. Nectar plant.

Human Value: Native American used it medicinally. The stringy fibers were used to make twine and rough textiles.

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