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Asclepias cordifolia * Purple Milkweed

The Purple Milkweed is one of the showstoppers of the Sierra Nevada meadows. Asclepias cordifolia blooms in early July and grows up to the elevation of 6500 feet. The milkweeds are the local food and nectar source of the Gray Hairstreak and Monarch Butterflies and the Monarchs were common around the Purple Milkweed while I was taking the pictures too. This is a great addition to the butterfly garden. I find it rather satisfying when I read of an association in a field guide and then find it visually confirmed in the field as well.

Asclepias cordifolia, Purple Milkweed

Flowers of Asclepias cordifolia the Purple Milkweed. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.