butterfly weed

noun

Definition of butterfly weed

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

Examples of butterfly weed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Designed in collaboration with Geauga Park District and DERU Landscape Architects, the park will incorporate native perennials and shrubs such as butterfly weed, aster, purple coneflower, goldenrod, bluestem and Joe Pye weed. cleveland, 8 June 2022 Nineteen types of prairie plants are available this year and include favorites like butterfly weed, big bluestem, leadplant, purple prairie clover and more. Beacon-news Staff, chicagotribune.com, 8 Apr. 2022 The native milkweeds for our area include the antelope horn, the green milkweed and butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa). Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Mar. 2022 Feel the satiny fluff of butterfly weed gone to seed and the silky tufts of shoulder-high bushy bluestem. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 Milkweed exists in the form of several species native to areas around San Antonio including antelope horn, butterfly weed, common milkweed and green milkweed. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 4 June 2021 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, 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, 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, 17 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of butterfly weed

1798, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jun 2022

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“Butterfly weed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butterfly%20weed. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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butterfly weed

noun
\ -ˌwēd How to pronounce butterfly weed (audio) \

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

More from Merriam-Webster on butterfly weed

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about butterfly weed

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