Milkweed makes a milky juice that consists of latex and contains alkaloids. This repels some pests, wireworms for example. Milkweeds help other plants in the process by keeping these pests away. The fluffy fibers from Milkweed seedpods are used to make stuffing for hypoallergenic pillows.
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Asclepias syriaca, commonly called common milkweed, butterfly flower, silkweed, silky swallow-wort, and Virginia silkweed, is a species of flowering plant. It is in the genus Asclepias, the milkweeds. This species is native to most of North America east of the Rocky Mountains, excluding the drier parts of the Prairies. It grows in sandy soils and sunny areas. It was one of the earliest North American species described in Cornut's 1635 work Canadensium Plantarum Historia. The specific...