Instead, I'm going to share some pictures I snapped while doing work assignments on Thursday. These are the three most commonly seen milkweeds in our area. Note that the flowers all have the same distinctive shape.
First is common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca. It grows just about anywhere, and doesn't need good soil or a lot of water. Because it's so common, its beauty is often overlooked.
Here's one that is popular in gardens. It's called butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa. You can sometimes buy this in garden stores, but it does not transplant well, and is difficult to grow from seed. It likes nice dry soil.
The final one I'll show you today likes the exact opposite conditions. It wants to be wet, because it's swamp milkweed, Asclepias incarnata.
I really love the variety in various milkweeds. I have pictures of a few other kinds. Maybe I'll share those one of these days.
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