June 23rd, 2013
Asclepias Speciosa : Showy Milkweed

We’ve found this all around the roadside in Eastern Washington.  I jumped out of the car and grabbed a little section of the lady.  She has super milky sap, which I applied to a small wart I have on my hand, while we tried to ID her.  Lo and behold:

Tea of plant tops historically used for blindness and snow blindness.  Root tea used for headaches, coughs, bloody diarrhea, to bring out measles rash and for general debility.  Milky stem latex applied to warts, corns, calluses and skin sores.  Ground seeds used as disinfectant for skin sores.  Seed tea used to draw out poison from snakebites.

White-velvety perennial with milky sap, to 4 ft.  Leaves opposite, ovate to oblong; margins entire.  Flowers rose-purple in woolly umbels; petels reflexed; tapered prongs rising from center with short, incurved horns below.

Asclepias Speciosa : Showy Milkweed

We’ve found this all around the roadside in Eastern Washington. I jumped out of the car and grabbed a little section of the lady. She has super milky sap, which I applied to a small wart I have on my hand, while we tried to ID her. Lo and behold:

Tea of plant tops historically used for blindness and snow blindness. Root tea used for headaches, coughs, bloody diarrhea, to bring out measles rash and for general debility. Milky stem latex applied to warts, corns, calluses and skin sores. Ground seeds used as disinfectant for skin sores. Seed tea used to draw out poison from snakebites.

White-velvety perennial with milky sap, to 4 ft. Leaves opposite, ovate to oblong; margins entire. Flowers rose-purple in woolly umbels; petels reflexed; tapered prongs rising from center with short, incurved horns below.

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