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Size: Waist-high (stalk), thumb-sized (pods)
Weight: Light
Value: Low

Milkweed (Asclepias perennis) is an aquatic flowering plant found in wetlands and riverbanks. The plant flowers and produces small seed pods and white fibrous "seed floss'." Milkweed nectar is edible, sweet-tasting and viscous, while the seeds and floss have a strong bitter taste. Although it resides in contaminated waters, the edible seeds and nectar are mostly free from contagions and thus became a staple of home remedies and even appears in lower-class cuisine.

Medical Usage
Milkweed is commonly harvested by "witch doctors" for use in health serums. The seed floss is crushed and boiled, then mixed with honey and other herbal ingredients to create a paste that may be applied to cuts or sores to prevent infection. Its effectiveness in medicine has not been scientifically proven.

Food Usage
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Milkweed nectar is primarily used as a sweetener in foods and beverages, similar to honey. Milkweed floss is sometimes used as a thickener for sauces and seeds appear in muffins and other baked goods.