Sunday, July 11, 2010

Wildflowers of Ainsworth: Butterfly Weed

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The name comes from its tendency to attract butterflies, although you can see from this photo that the ants love it too.

This North American native is also known, among other things, as Pleurisy Root because it was used in the past to treat pleurisy, as well as many other illnesses. It is a variety of milkweed, and the milkweed genus name is Asclepius, after the Greek god of medicine and healing.

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