| Milkweed |
| Asclepias syriaca|
| Uses: Culinary/Medicinal
|| Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 2-8) |
| When to Sow: Spring/Late Summer/Early Fall
|| Ease of Germination: Moderate |
Apt name as all parts exude a milky juice when cut. Wild flower growing up to 1m/3ft high. Young shoots are eaten like asparagus. Silk-like down of seeds is used to stuff pillows. Root and rhizome are anodyne (pain killing). Used for asthma, painful cough and scrofula. Germination benefits from gibberellic acid treatment.