— Milkweed family, North America —
Butterfly weed is used for both fiber and medicine. Like other milkweeds, butterfly weeds have seeds that drift away on the wind with a silky parachute called floss.
Did you know that American children helped out during World War II by collecting floss from common milkweed? It provided stuffing for U.S. Navy life vests.
Erected by Smithsonian Gardens.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & Forestry • War, World II • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 38° 53.455′ N, 77° 1.776′ W. Marker is in The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on Madison Drive Northwest 0.1 miles west of 12th Street Northwest, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC 20560, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Healing (here, next to this marker); Crape myrtle (here, next to this marker); Blazing star (here, next to this marker); Sneezewood (a few steps from this marker); "Of Course I Can!"
Credits. This page was last revised on January 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 9, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 9, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.