Asclepias

Asclepias (Asclepias tuberosa) is known for its clusters of bright orange to yellow flowers.  It is a member of the Milkweed Family, Asclepiadaceae.  Common names include Butterflyweed, Butterfly milkweed, Orange Milkweed, and Pleurisy Root.

ORIGIN: Asclepias is native to North America, specifically the regions of South Ontario and New York to Minnesota, and south to Colorado and Florida.  Its roots were chewed by Native Americans as a cure for pleurisy and other pulmonary ailments, giving it its common name of "Pleurisy Root."

AVAILABILITY: Spring through early fall.

CARE & HANDLING: Upon arrival, diagonally cut stems and place into a clean container with fresh, tepid water and fresh flower food solution. Keep in cool location out of direct sunlight and drafts. Replenish water as needed and recut stem ends periodically.