Scientific Name: Asclepias incarnata
Height: 4-5 ft
Spread: 2-3 ft
Bloom Time: July-August
Native Range: Throughout North America except west coast, 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. The seed parachutes are six times more buoyant than cork and 5 times warmer than wool so large quantities were used to stuff pillows and life jackets during World War II.