judsoncarroll4 Posts: 5,282 admin
edited November 2020 in Wild Edibles & Medicinals

Good article on Milkweed:


By George and Becky Lohmiller

May 19, 2020

d has a long history as a natural remedy—and has many other uses, too! Plus, milkweed is the food of our beautiful monarch butterflies. Learn about this surprisingly useful native plant.

Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is the best known of the 100 or so milkweed species native to North America. The name “common” fits the plant well because when not in bloom, it goes pretty much unnoticed, growing humbly along roadsides, in fields, and in wastelands.


Once upon a time, milkweed was commonly used in a number of natural remedies:

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  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,396 admin

    @judsoncarroll4 Great article! Anyone who can plant milkweed should be doing so to assist the population of monarch butterflies.

    For anyone wishing to use milkweed for its medicinal properties, it is available as a homeopathic remedy, which will offer the medicinal benefits without the possible toxicity.

  • judsoncarroll4
    judsoncarroll4 Posts: 5,282 admin

    Milkweed is one that I did plant this year. It is really struggling in this acidic sand though. Hopefully enough will survive so I can collect seeds and plant a very large patch when I'm back in the mountains. A lot of plants grow up there that taste like asparagus in the spring... plants that simply will not grow here - milkweed, hosta, ostrich ferns, touch me nots, etc... and asparagus does much better up there, too. I'm really looking forward to going home!

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,210 admin
    edited May 2020

    I was aware of many of the facts in the article. It is a good one.

    A few years ago, we kept a monarch caterpillar through to butterfly & release stage. We missed the actual chrysalis building, which was disappointing, but it was beautiful! It changed daily and each change was a wonder. I would do this again should I get the chance. If was a very great & rewarding learning experience.

  • tilathehunn
    tilathehunn Posts: 168 ✭✭✭

    For anyone who may be interested i have milkweed pods (slender leaf varietal) available and would be happy to share. I can mail it to you for those not local. Not sure how, but pm me and we fan make arrangements.