- Also called orange milkweed. a North American milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa, having clusters of bright orange flowers.
- an erect North American plant, Gaura coccinea, of the evening primrose family, having wandlike spikes of white to pink flowers turning red with age.
Origin of butterfly weed
An Americanism dating back to 1810–20
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Examples from the Web for butterfly weed
He has learned some things about the wasp tribe; and if any of them want honey from his butterfly-weed, they may have it.
A humming-bird is fanning the butterfly-weed, and he looks on with interest not unmixed with fear.
The highest were the white tufts of yarrow and butterfly-weed—the flaming milkweed that drew you like a magnet.The Adventures of Maya the Bee
The butterfly-weed, with its brilliant scarlet flowers, attracted flocks of butterflies and made fine masses of color.The Story of My Boyhood and Youth
Well, he always mowed that field himself, and when he came to a clump of butterfly-weed, he always mowed around it.The Jonathan Papers
Elisabeth Woodbridge Morris
- a North American asclepiadaceous plant, Asclepias tuberosa (or A. decumbens), having flat-topped clusters of bright orange flowersAlso called: orange milkweed, pleurisy root
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