local

Purple milkweed

IMG_4749-crop

I had no clue what plant this was when I first photographed it, and Google’s image search didn’t provide much help. Part of my trouble was that I couldn’t guess what the flowers would look like once the buds opened. So I waited for about a week and then went back to check on developments.

IMG_4751-crop

This purple milkweed (Asclepias cordifolia) is native to California; but it shares the “purple milkweed” name with the Asclepias purpurascens — an endangered version which is found in the midwestern, southern, and the eastern parts of the U.S. All the milkweed plants are an important food source for monarch butterflies.

IMG_4752

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s