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Asclepias syriaca L.

This result should not be considered complete or definitive and is for reference only. Care must be taken when using any wild plant for food, fiber, medicine or any other non-traditional uses. The information was complied using multiple sources and these references should be consulted for more complete descriptions of usage(s) and potential health risk. We are not responsible for any ill effects from the information included on this page.

Uses Part Preparation Effect Notes
Utiltiy  Sap or juice Dried
Fruit Toys, Tattoo (with sand)
Plant Fiber for bow strings
Root Combined with boneset root fiber for whistle to call deer.
Flower Boil, sweeten
Pods Cooked, fried When young, in soups
Shoot Cooked Less than 8 inches tall
Seed Fluff Rope/fiber as substitute for kapok as boyant stuffing
Medicine  Plant Female/childbirth Produce post-birth milk flow, mastitis
Root Tea Digestion Laxative
Root Tea Heart Dropsy
Root Decoction Kidney Backache
Root Tea Respiration Asthma
Sap or juice Skin rash/allergy Rubbed on warts

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