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botanical name:
Asclepias tuberosa
Asclepias tuberosa © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Pleurisy Root, Butterfly Weed
family:  Apocynaceae
characteristics: perennial, evergreen
height: 0.75m
width: 0.45m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: erect
leaf colour: green
flower colour: orange
fruit colour: brown & green
stem/bark: green
main season: Summer
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
edible symbol edible
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral
minimum temp: -35°C
USDA zone: 4 to 10
description:
Erect stems of alternate, lance-shaped, mid-green leaves. Clusters of bright orange flowers in mid and late summer, followed by attractive tapering seed pods that split to release the fluffy seeds.

cultivation:
Well drained soil in full sun or part shade. Does well on sandy and gravelly soils. Drought tolerant once established.

propagation:
From seed or by basal cuttings in spring.

usage:
Extensively used as a medicinal herb, originally by the Native North Americans.

Young shoots anf flowers are edible.

other notes:
Poisonous if eaten in very large quantities, may cause diarrhoea and vomiting.

promounced: ass-KLE-pee-us tew-ber-OH-suh

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