Genus - Asclepias

Asclepias are also known as butterfly weed or milkweed. There are over 140 known species in the genus. Asclepias is the home for the larvae of many different moths and butterflies. It is the only home for monarch butterfly larvae. Many butterflies also ingest it's nectar. It is also attractive to hummingbirds. Milkweed contains 1-2% latex and during World War II was experimented with as a source of rubber.