Asclepias syriaca facts for kids

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Common Milkweed
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Genus: Asclepias
Species: A. syriaca
Binomial name
Asclepias syriaca

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is a species of milkweed plant. It is also known as Butterfly flower, Silkweed, Silky Swallow-wort, and Virginia Silkweed. It belongs in the subfamily Asclepiadoideae. It is native to North America. It blooms from June to August. The flowers are green and purple. This species is found in prairies, meadows, and fields. Common Milkweed likes damp to dry soil and sunny or partly shaded places. It is about 0.5 to 1.5 meters in height (1½-5 feet).

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