Tuesday, July 1, 2008
"What's that orange flower in your garden?"
"What's that orange flower in your garden" is a question we hear at the front desk frequently at this time of year. The Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberousa) is in it's full glorious show. Often called pleurisy root, it is quite a showy milkweed and grows along sunny roadsides. It is a native American herb and is difficult to transplant because of the tuberous root. It sets milkweed pod type seeds infrequently and after quite a few years of maturity and so it is not as common a roadside plant as it once was in years gone by. The root is used as indicated by a common name, considered a remedy for children's pneumonia.