Field Guide to Noxious and Other Selected Weeds of British Columbia

Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa)


  • perennial from 0.6 to 1.5 metres tall with thick creeping rootstocks; short-stalked oval leaves covered with fine hairs; pinkish fragrant flowers are arranged in ball-like clusters at top of stem and in leaf axils; all plant parts contain a sticky, white juice (latex); flowers produce grayish pods which split open in fall to release hundreds of tufted airborne seeds

  • the closely related common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is being researched for fibre production

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