|Showy Milkweed May 2013 Yosemite National Park|
The beginning of our seasonal milkweed study started actually back in May when we visited Yosemite National Park. This would have been our official spring observation and it was just starting to grow and be recognizable. The soft long leaves of the Showy Milkweed were a grey-green color and we did actually see some flower buds forming.
Showy Milkweed Information on CalFlora.
Showy Milkweed on USDA Plants - pdf
Here is the link to the challenge and printable notebook page: Seasonal Milkweed Study.
|Showy Milkweed at Yosemite National Park - Half Dome|
I couldn't resist stopping during our bike ride to capture some milkweed with Half Dome in the background. No better spot to observe milkweed could there be in the entire world.
We didn't observe any insects on the milkweed yet but I anticipate seeing some Milkweed beetles when we visit in a few weeks. If there are blossoms there may even be some monarch butterflies fluttering by.
In our local area I only know of one spot where there is milkweed naturally. I did attempt to grow some milkweed last year again but the roofers knocked my pot off the deck when they were replacing our roof. I almost cried. I need to get some more seeds and try again!
Milkweed Seeds from ButterflyEncounters.com - I have purchased from them before and have been very happy with the quality of the seeds.
Live Monarch - Free seeds (pay postage)
I need to start a nature journal page to record my seasonal milkweed study. For now, I have the photos printed and will add them before we complete our summer observations.
Have you found some milkweed in your area?