With strikingly brilliant orange flowers, this
hardy perennial of the milkweed family is often found in
poor soils along the roadsides. The plant is more touchy than you
would expect. Try and put it where you want it the first time. It
doesn't like being transplanted and will not tolerate overwatering
while in the seedling stage. It grows larger and more beautiful
Grow specs: 1-3 feet. Sandy loam, average garden
soil. Full sun.
Asclepias is often known as Pleurisy Root.
It has been used for lung ailments in many cultures. As a poultice,
it is used for bruises, swellings and rheumatism.