milkweeds

Asclepias

Milkweed 2

Milkweed, Narrowleaf

Milkweed’s scientific name is Asclepias, named after Asclepius, one of The Greek gods of healing (Apollo’s son). Milkweed contains over 140 known species. Milkweed latex contains 1-2% of latex and was attempted as a use of rubber during WWII. Some species of milkweed are toxic. Milkweed is beneficial to nearby plants, as it keeps pests away, especially wireworms. I chose this plant because I have read about its namesake.
Resources:
https://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/pdf/cs_asfa.pdf
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asclepias_fascicularis

By Tal Bisland-Naggan (8th Grade)
Chinook Spirit Children’s Academy

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  1. (c) Tal Bisland-Naggan, all rights reserved, uploaded by chinookspirit, https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/12017053
  2. Adapted by chinookspirit from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asclepias

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