Definition of butterfly weed in English:

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butterfly weed

noun

A North American milkweed with bright orange flowers that are attractive to butterflies.
  • Asclepias tuberosa, family Asclepiadaceae.
Example sentences
  • Plants here include prairie rose, nodding onion, gray-headed coneflower, butterfly weed, green milkweed, hoary puccoon, and even eastern prickly pear cactus.
  • Milkweed or butterfly weed (Asclepias spp.), which produces flattened clusters of star-shaped blooms for months, is a nectar plant for several butterflies and a larval food plant for monarch butterflies.
  • Seeds of most hardy perennials - including bleeding heart, butterfly weed, columbine, delphinium, liatris, and penstemon - require a period of chilling to germinate.

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Syllabification: but·ter·fly weed

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