is a species of milkweed
known commonly as the showy milkweed
. It is native to the western half of North America. This flowering plant is a hairy, erect perennial. The large, pointed, bananalike leaves are arranged opposite on the stalklike stem. The eye-catching furry pale pink to pinkish-purple flowers are arranged in thick umbels
. Their corollas are reflexed and the central flower parts, five hoods with prominent hooks, are star-shaped. The fruit is a large, rough follicle
filled with many flat oval seeds with luxuriant silky plumes. Many Native American peoples utilized all parts of this plant for a great number of medicinal uses and ate some parts as a food.