Nature Notes

July 13, 2010

Butterfly Weed, Asclepias tuberosa

Filed under: Flowers — Tags: — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

Butterfly Weed, Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly Weed, Asclepias tuberosa

I think that birds should never have “Common” as part of their name just as flowers should never have “Weed” included. Nevertheless, this is the the Butterfly Weed, Asclepias tuberosa, a member of the Milkweed Family. It does go by many other English names, including Canada Root, Chigger Flower, Chiggerflower, Fluxroot, Indian Paintbrush, Indian Posy, Orange Milkweed, Orange Swallow-wort, Pleurisy Root, Silky Swallow-wort, Tuber Root, Yellow Milkweed, White-root, and Windroot according to Wikipedia. I think the Yellow flower mixed in the orange in the top image is a Sow-Thistle, Sonchus arvensis.

Butterfly Weed, Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly Weed, Asclepias tuberosa

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