Jan 31, 2017

Asclepias tuberosa'

Sharing forward from the Perennial Plant Association: 'Asclepias tuberosa'
(aka Butterfly Weed or Pleurisy Root)
Chosen as the 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year!
"Commonly known as butterfly weed, this long-lived and striking perennial is native to the continental United States (except for the northeast) along with the Canadian provinces Ontario and Quebec. With vibrant orange/red/yellow flowers that seem to jump out, butterfly weed is a great addition to a sunny garden with average to dry soils. As the common name suggests, these plants are butterfly magnets.
They also have a medicinal history as treatment for pleurisy, a common ailment in early colonial times, causing wheezing, coughing and great pain due to the inflammation of the pleura round the lungs. Asclepias tuberosa reportedly was so effective in treating this ailment it earned another common name, pleurisy root.

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