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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Milk Weed


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  1. Thanks for your answer in your posting of yesterday and again a new one. Has this plant a use?

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    1. Yes, this is an important plant. The white sap gives the plant its name. That sap is mildly poisonous and will remove warts. The leaves are important to the Monarch butterfly larva which makes the butterfly toxic to predators giving them protection. The fluff attached to the seeds was used during WW II to stuff life preservers as it is six times more buoyant than cork. The stem has strong fiber that makes rope.

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    2. Thanks for your answer again.

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  2. I believe milkweed has quite a few medicinal uses TFG according to Google ☺

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  3. I've never seen such a plant.

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  4. More than I ever knew about milkweed! Thanks.

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  5. There is a big move on here to plant milkweed for the Monarch Butterflies. I'm starting to see the wee guys floating around getting ready to head south on their long journey!

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