any of a genus (Asclepias) of perennial plants of the milkweed family, with a milky juice, or latex, and pods which when ripe burst to release plumed seeds
any of various plants with similar milky juice
designating a large family (Asclepiadaceae, order Gentianales) of dicotyledonous plants with a milky juice, including the anglepods and stapelias
See milkweed in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Any of numerous plants of the genus Asclepias, having milky juice, usually opposite leaves, variously colored flowers grouped in umbels, and pods that split open to release seeds with downy tufts. Also called silkweed.