Pleurisy Root / Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)

A perennial herb growing to 0.8m (2' 7") preferring a well drained soil and a semi-shade to full sun position.  

Flowers July-August and is renowned for attracting wildlife – particularly butterflies.  Fragrant flowers suitable to be used as cut flowers.

An edible plant (although may be toxic if used in large quantities)  – its unopened flower buds and young seed pods (3-4cm long) can be eaten cooked and are reported to have a pea-like flavour.  Young shoots can be cooked as an asparagus substitute.


Long history of medicinal usage, mainly for lung conditions. A poultice of the dried powdered roots is used in the treatment of swellings, bruises and wounds.


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