What is Asclepias flower?

This is an asclepias flower
This is an asclepias flower

Asclepias flower is a perennial herbaceous flower plant, called milkweed, named for its milk, milk is a kind of milky substance rich in cardiac glycosides, also known as cardiac glycosides, which are damaged in tissue cells Milky white liquid oozes from the place.

Asclepias is a plant that loves the sun. It is an indispensable perennial plant for butterflies. It provides food for caterpillars and nectar for adult butterflies. They bloom from midsummer to early autumn, and because of their milky white sap, they can withstand the invasion of rabbits and deer.

Asclepias are mostly produced in the United States and Canada. Asclepias contains more than 100 evergreen or deciduous perennials, dotted with clusters of small, interesting-shaped petals, which are irresistible butterflies. Attractive and easy to grow, they are unique in many perennial gardens and are a key component of butterfly gardens, villa gardens or prairie and grassland.

Common Namecommon milkweed
Native RangeEastern North America
FlowerZone3 – 9
Height2 – 3 feet
Spread0.75 – 1.00 feet
Bloom Time6 – 8
Bloom DescriptionRed, purple, white
SunSufficient light
WaterDry to medium level
Suggested UseNaturalize
TolerateArid climate, corrosive, dry soil, shallow rock soil, arid climate, corrosion, dry soil, shallow rock soil, etc.

Features of Asclepias:
The main characteristic of Asclepias is the rough, overgrown Missouri native perennials. It generally grows 3-4′ (less at 6′) tall, stout, straight stems and thick, wide, red The veins, light green leaves (to 8″ long). Generally appear in fields, open forests, waste areas, roadsides, and railway lines throughout the state.

The fragrant pink-purple flower clusters (cymes) are dome-shaped, slightly drooping, and specifically appear in the upper leaf axils. The flowering period is very long, from late spring to summer. When the stems and leaves are cut or injured, milky sap will flow out. After the flowers bloom, they will produce obvious wart-like seed pods (2-4″ long), which will rupture when mature, releasing a large number of seeds with small filamentous tails, which are easy to spread with the wind. Seed pods are very valuable in dried flowers. Flowers are the source of nectar for many butterflies, and leaves are the source of food for monarch butterfly larvae (caterpillars).

Is it toxic?
Asclepias is a purely naturally occurring medicinal material that can improve the ability of the heart to contract and has been used to treat heart diseases. Cardiac glycosides have potentially toxic side effects on humans. All parts, especially rhizomes, if ingested or excessive, are likely to cause mild gastrointestinal discomfort. But they are the most harmful to grazing animals. However, it should be noted that not all milkweed species have the same side effects. Please note!
In the past 20 years, the number of monarch butterflies in North America has dropped by 90%. By planting Asclepias (milk grass) in your own garden, you can help change the fate of these beautiful insects.
Most flowers must have sufficient sun (at least 6-8 hours a day) and can grow well in ordinary garden soil environments. But some Asclepias (milk grass) is special because it prefers moderate to humid soil conditions.
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