butterfly weed

noun

Definition of butterfly weed 

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

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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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circa 1816, in the meaning defined above

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butterfly weed

noun
\-ˌwēd \

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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