ASCLEPIAS SPECIOSA: Milkweed & Authenticity

Milkweed & Authenticity

It’s hard for me to describe what this plant means to me, so I’ll just start with the facts.

Milkweed is in the Apocyanaceae family (subfamily Asclepiadoideae), along with Inmortal, Butterfly Weed, and Balloon Plant.

Asclepias speciosa have their flowers in umbels. They have milky juice and pods containing silky, tufted seeds. Umbels occur at the top of the stem and have around ten elaborately constructed flowers each. The flowers are over 1” wide…

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