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Asclepias speciosa * Showy Milkweed

Showy Milkweed grows at middle elevations, 3000-5000 feet, in the Sierra Nevada Range. This photo of Asclepias speciosa was taken in Yosemite in one of the meadows on the Valley floor. Asclepias speciosa can take a moist summer environment unlike many of the other Milkweed species, making the Showy Milkweed one of the easier California Natives to mix in the perennial bed. Asclepias speciosa is a nectar and food source for the Gray Hairstreak and Monarch butterfly. A local Blue is taking a meal. Asclepias speciosa is a great addition to the butterfly garden.

Asclepias speciosa seedpod, Showy Milkweed

Seedpod opening as Fall arives - Asclepias speciosa the Showy Milkweed. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Asclepias speciosa, Showy Milkweed

Flowers and foliage of Asclepias speciosa the Showy Milkweed. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.