I love milkweeds! The flower shapes are so unusual.
There are quite a few kinds- at least 13 in the US. I've seen 8, I think, but I don't have pictures of all of them. Yesterday I found one of the more uncommon ones in bud.
It's called poke milkweed, Asclepias exaltata. I can't really figure out why it has that common name. The best I can figure out is that the young plant looks similar to pokeweed. When it's this size, the two plants don't look anything alike.
Poke milkweed has the largest flowers of any of the species I've seen. The leaves are also large, and tapered at both ends.
The flower clusters are very loose and droopy. Yesterday, I only saw buds. They are almost big enough to be like flowers, but trust me, they aren't open yet.
I took this picture several years ago, but it does show the flowers opened.
More flowers tomorrow! (unless something spectacular happens) I have some other look-alikes for the cat's ear to show you.
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