- 1. Milkweed are hardy perennials that survive below freezing temperatures, going dormant in winter and returning each spring.
- 2. The flowers produce a nectar that all butterfly species benefit from.
- 3. Monarch butterflies deposit their eggs on the plant; once the caterpillar emerges, they eat the leaves.
- 4. Honey bees take nectar from the flower. So planting milkweed in your garden can help provide feeding stations as they fly between crop fields and orchards.
- Hummingbirds use the floss from the seed pods to line their nests.
- Native Americans taught early settlers how to properly cook milkweed so it could be safely eaten. (please don't try this at home)
- Used as a natural remedy, the milky white sap was applied topically to remove warts and the roots were chewed to cure dysentery.
- Roots and leaves were infused and taken to suppress coughs, treat typhus fever and asthma.
- The seeds contain an oil with natural sunscreen properties.
- During WWII, milkweed floss was used to stuff life jackets for sailors after the Japaneses cut off the supply of kapok. A single pound can keep a 150 pound man afloat for hours.
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