The Garden Community for Garden Lovers

Common Milkweed - Asclepias syrica

Common Milkweed - Asclepias syrica

It was used in the Southern States as a remedy in snake bites and the bites of venomous insects

The caterpillars of Danaus plexippes (Monarch Butterfly) feed on the foliage, as well as the caterpillars of a few moths, including Enchaetes egle (Milkweed Tiger Moth), Cycnia inopinatus (Unexpected Cycnia), and Cycnia tenera (Delicate Cycnia). Many of these insects are brightly colored – a warning to potential predators of the toxicity that they acquired from feeding on milkweed. Mammalian herbivores don't eat this plant because of the bitterness of the leaves and their toxic properties

Comments on this photo

There are no comments yet

Comment on this photo

Pictures by healerwitch
127 of 165

  • Flwr_w_bfly_small_
  • Milkweed2_small_

What else?

This photo is of "Asclepiadaceae – Milkweed family" in Healerwitch's garden

Members who like this photo

  • Gardening with friends since
    2 Nov, 2009

  • Gardening with friends since
    12 Jan, 2008

  • Gardening with friends since
    29 Mar, 2008

  • Gardening with friends since
    4 Apr, 2008

  • uma

    Gardening with friends since
    28 Oct, 2009