Friday, June 19, 2015

Butterfly Milkweed

This picture of a “Butterfly Milkweed” as taken a few years ago and is a beautiful example of native flowers, Forbes, etc in native grassland. This site is on Branched Oak Road some 1 1/2 miles west of the Lancaster County line. The “Wake” watershed pond is visible in front of the car.We had occasion to drive past the location of the only such plant here within the City this afternoon. The property owner is very aware of the uniqueness of it and protects it in its location near the curb. It is beginning to bloom but just doesn’t seem to have the “vigor” that it has shown in past years. The unusual amount of rainfall that we have received this spring may have been a factor. Our back yard woody shrubs have produced an abundance of growth this spring and good mosquito habitat but Native plants are more adaptable to our average 26” annual rainfall. 

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