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It would go without saying this time of year brings with it a plethora of abundant colors. From the greening of the grasses to the blooming of wildflowers the landscapes bursts into life. This month I could not stay away from offering one of the most noted species of wildflowers ,known commonly as Butterfly Milkweed or by some Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa). I always find it interesting how many of the most beautiful wildflowers have “weed” in the common names.

Known for its abundant blooms of mostly reds and oranges every so often one will find the yellow variety scattered about and in this case a wonderful bouquet of both! Native Americans and pioneers used the roots to treat respiratory problems, which is how another common name “pleurisy root” originated. (Kansas Wildflowers and Grasses). Attracting a vast variety of butterflies this wildflower of the prairies and Flint Hills it is always a joy to find.

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Butterfly Milkweed

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