Mysterious Milkweed

Life of a milkweed plant. Blooms smell so sweet. There is a good chance that you have seen milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) growing somewhere near you. Milkweed grows from a single stem with leaves that are elliptical and opposite. Bloom colors can be purple, rose, or green, and the pods develop at the crux of a leaf. There are over 100 species in the Americas. They can live in swamps, fields, and on forest edges. Milkweeds are important to many insects, not just monarch butterfly caterpillars, as a nectar and food source. Last year I read a book by Craig Holdrege called Thinking Like a Plant. His section on milkweed was fascinating. He spent months observing milkweed to see how it develo

All photos on this site are the sole property of Barbara Aspland-Wolf and may not be used without permission.

  • White Twitter Icon
  • White Facebook Icon

© 2016  by Barbara Aspland-Wolf. Proudly created with Wix.com