butterfly weed


Definition of butterfly weed

: a North American milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) with showy orange flowers borne on erect leafy stems

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Recent Examples on the Web Though there are many types of milkweed, at Saturday’s event two kinds will be available — butterfly weed and rose milkweed. Yadira Sanchez Olson, chicagotribune.com, "Milkweed giveaway designed to help fight decline of monarch butterflies: ‘They’re steppingstones for their journey’," 23 Apr. 2021 In his garden shed, O’Donnell set up a mesh enclosure to protect the larvae and fed them stalks of milkweed and butterfly weed. BostonGlobe.com, "Inspired by memories of his daughter, a father’s new mission is to save Monarch butterflies," 23 Apr. 2021 The pollinator garden is 5 feet by 12 feet and now contains monarda (bee balm), crocosmia, delphinium, foxglove, lupine, phlox, columbine, stiff goldenrod, liatris, Black-eyed Susan, and butterfly weed. Judy Hake, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "The Late Bloomer: Building a garden to help our disappearing pollinators," 17 Apr. 2021 The group includes milkweed, purple coneflower, Mexican sunflower, zinnias, parsley, dill, rue, butterfly weed and more. Susan Degrane, chicagotribune.com, "Bring on the butterflies: Beverly area schools, residents, businesses join effort to Save the Monarchs," 13 Apr. 2021 Pentas, lantana, verbena, zinnia, salvias (many different species and cultivars), Mexican butterfly weed (Asclepias curassavica) and buddleia are excellent flowering plants to attract butterflies into your garden this summer. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Plant for the butterflies and other garden tips for early May," 5 May 2019 The shrubby butterfly weed flowers in a vibrant orange, gardener-favorite swamp milkweed blooms tall in pink and purple, while the common milkweed explodes with pale pink pompons the size of softballs. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "They're beautiful — and in danger. Now, a huge effort focuses on saving monarch butterflies," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of butterfly weed

1798, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Apr 2021

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“Butterfly weed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butterfly%20weed. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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butterfly weed

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Medical Definition of butterfly weed

: an orange-flowered milkweed of the genus Asclepias (A. tuberosa) of eastern North America that is a source of asclepias

called also pleurisy root

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