Friday, May 8, 2009

Milkweed growing fast from old roots on rainy morning at World Peace Wetland Prairie

Please click on images to ENLARGE view of spider milkweed (Asclepias viridis) with milkweed bugs on the soon-to-bloom inflorescence in the top photo, another spider milkweed in the second photo and a swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) that will grow another 4 feet tall before blooming. The three dead stems at right in the third photo are last year's swamp milkweed stems from the same root. If you want to read more about these plants and their significance to the continued existence of the monarch butterfly, please use the Latin name in searching. Spider milkweed is also the common name of a very different species as well.

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