Common Name: Milkweed (Common Milkweed, Butterfly Weed, Silk Weed)
Latin Name:Asclepias spp., esp. Asclepias syriaca
Family Name: Apocynaceae/Asclepiadaceae
Most (if not all) members of the Milkweed family contain alkaloids and cardiac glycosides that are toxic to livestock and often avoided. Milkweeds should not be planted in the tortoise enclosure, and any plants growing there need to be removed.