butterfly weed

noun
1.
Also called orange milkweed. a North American milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa, having clusters of bright orange flowers.
2.
an erect North American plant, Gaura coccinea, of the evening primrose family, having wandlike spikes of white to pink flowers turning red with age.

Origin:
1810–20, Americanism

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butterfly weed
 
n
orange milkweed, Also called: pleurisy root a North American asclepiadaceous plant, Asclepias tuberosa (or A. decumbens), having flat-topped clusters of bright orange flowers

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Prairies also are present, with species such as cliff goldenrod, woolly milkweed and butterfly weed.
IF ever a plant was well named, it is butterfly weed.
Strongly attracted to moist places and flowers, especially butterfly weed.
Some favorite plants to watch out for are prickly pear cactus in bloom and butterfly weed.
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