Common Milkweed

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Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

This flower is probably best known for its relationships with specific insects that use the plant. Perhaps the most famous of its associates is the Monarch butterfly. Monarch caterpillars feed on the leaves and adult Monarch butterflies nectar at the flowers. The toxins in the leaves provides defense for consumers of this plant. The thick, white sap found within this plant give the flower its name.

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