milkweed milkweed  /ˈmɪl ˌkwid/


  1. (n) any of numerous plants of the genus Asclepias having milky juice and pods that split open releasing seeds with downy tufts
  2. (n) annual Eurasian sow thistle with soft spiny leaves and rayed yellow flower heads



  1. The pesky milkweed, cursed by farmers, has found a use-as a substitute for kapok.
  2. The milkweed has been seen 100 miles at sea.
  3. Certain grasshoppers and butterflies, for example, fight their foes with toxins that they accumulate by munching on milkweed plants.


  • Help monarchs by planting a garden

    Have you spotted a monarch butterfly yet this year? Many of us haven’t. While our cold spring played a role, the population in general is under threat. Between shrinking winter habitat in Mexico and the lack of milkweed along their migration routes, monarchs are having a tough time. How can you help? Plant a garden! Monarch butterflies only lay their eggs on milkweed plants. There are several ...
    on June 28, 2013     Source: The Beacon News


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