showy milkweed

Asclepias speciosa

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Asclepias speciosa is a milky-sapped perennial plant in the dogbane family (Apocynaceae), known commonly as the showy milkweed.

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Showy milkweed´s scientific name is asclepias speciosa. It’s a vascular plant. It grows in the western part of North America. The flowers are white, pink, and pointy. It can be used for medicinal purposes such as healing warts, sores, and cuts. It is also harvested for its fibers by native americans and they use it to make cloth. Caterpillars eat the leaves from showy milkweed.

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  1. (c) James Gaither, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND),
  2. Adapted by kristen_himm from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA),
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