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Butterfly Weed

Common Name: Butterfly Weed; Pleurisy Root
Scientific Name: Asclepias tuberosa
Flowering: June - September
Habitat: Roadsides, fields

This picture was taken in early August at Burgess Falls State Natural Area in Putnam County Tennessee. It can also be found at Big South Fork National River.

This brightly colored member of the Milkweed Family is frequently grown in gardens. A popular flower because it often attracts butterflies (and bees).

Indians chewed the roots of the Butterfly Weed plant as a cure for Pleurisy and other pulmonary ailments.




Related Links & Resources:
Burgess Falls State Park
Tennessee Lakes
Edgar Evins State Park
Tennessee State Parks
Caney Fork River

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