- any plant of the perennial mostly tuberous genus Asclepias; some are grown as garden or greenhouse plants for their showy orange-scarlet or purple flowers: family AsclepiadaceaeSometimes called: milkweed
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Infusum asclepiadis tuberos, L. From the root of butterfly weed or pleurisy root (Asclepias tuberosa).
This part had been covered with beautiful flowers, such as sunflowers, red and orange-coloured poppies, and asclepias.The Desert Home
Asclepias, or Swallow-wort, a genus of plants, the type and the largest genus of the nat.
The genus Gomphocarpus is distinguished from Asclepias by the absence of horns or crests in the hoods.Field Book of Western Wild Flowers
According to Patrouillard senega is occasionally adulterated with the roots of Asclepias vincetoxicum.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II