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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
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.

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

From seed or by basal cuttings in spring.

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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