silkweed

Definitions of silkweed
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n any of numerous plants of the genus Asclepias having milky juice and pods that split open releasing seeds with downy tufts

Synonyms:
milkweed
Types:
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Asclepias albicans, white milkweed
tall herb with leafless white waxy stems and whitish starlike flowers; southwestern United States
Asclepias curassavica, blood flower, swallowwort
tropical herb having orange-red flowers followed by pods suggesting a swallow with outspread wings; a weed throughout the tropics
Asclepias exaltata, poke milkweed
milkweed of the eastern United States with leaves resembling those of pokeweed
Asclepias incarnata, swamp milkweed
densely branching perennial of the eastern United States with white to crimson or purple flowers
Asclepia meadii, Asclepias meadii, Mead's milkweed
milkweed of central North America; a threatened species
Asclepias purpurascens, purple silkweed
perennial of eastern North America having pink-purple flowers
Asclepias speciosa, showy milkweed
milkweed of southern North America having large starry purple and pink flowers
Asclepias subverticillata, horsetail milkweed, poison milkweed
milkweed of southwestern United States and Mexico; poisonous to livestock
Asclepias tuberosa, Indian paintbrush, butterfly weed, chigger flower, chiggerflower, orange milkweed, pleurisy root, tuber root
erect perennial of eastern and southern United States having showy orange flowers
Asclepias verticillata, whorled milkweed
milkweed of the eastern United States with narrow leaves in whorls and greenish-white flowers
Type of:
herb, herbaceous plant
a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests

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