(Also read the ingredient lists on packaged foods- many contain poison.) Dip buds in boiling water for one minute, batter and deep fry. Dogbane is a toxic milkweed relative you want to avoid. Common milkweed is considered one of the "best tasting, easiest to harvest, and most abundant edible wild plants" (Thayer, 2006). There are a lot of species of Milkweed, and I’m referring to common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). Mint: Mint is one of the top herbs that look like weed but aren’t. In fact, it has an edible stem. While we here at TheFunnyConservative disagree with many of her political view points we’d like to congratulate this great American and share some of our favorite memes about her. Do not get milkweed sap in your eyes (like, by rubbing your eyes after touching the sap). Asclepias syriaca - aka "milkweed" wild, edible plant - How to identify, harvest, prepare, it's poisonous look a-likes, and medicinal uses. The stalks of the plants look more like tropical milkweed. Monarch Butterfly Garden- Bring Home the Butterflies, Butterfly Garden Ideas and Gardening Tips to Attract Monarchs, Swallowtails, Hummingbirds, and other Precious Pollinators. Most milkweed plants are very bitter, and are not considered edible for humans unless specifically prepared in a way that minimizes the toxins. It looks a lot like Golden Alexander because it has simila… After seeing them up close and personal, I was pretty sure they weren’t milkweed plants…but I left the windy city without making a positive ID. Learn more at the Native American Ethnobotany database. Here are some key features to look for in order Preparation is the same as for the leaves.Â, Leaves – Gather leaves in early spring when they first open. A native of Europe and Asia, Wild Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) is blooming right now. Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family) Look Alikes: A. pumila has flowers that are whitish and bloom from July into September, and filiform leaves. Swampostor! Butterfly milkweed has orange flowers, and clear, rather than milky latex. • Seeds contained in pods, similar to milkweed pods. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Over the 4th of July, I saw these same plants on a city boulevard in Chicago. It’s also commonly found in Minnesota.