Ah, the jeopardy of common names. ;) Meanwhile, Google tells me the specific epithet is actually incarnata ... Anyway, I had looked at and dismissed Swamp Milkweed, as the flowers of my unknown were nowhere near as showy, which of course only I remember. Why on earth didn't it occur to me to take pics then? Sincere apologies, all, for the oversight! (I'm hoping to sow some seeds from this one and maybe have a few more plants around next year, so with any luck I'll have pics of the flowers then!)
(Butterfly Milkweed is another species I've had here, but it doesn't seem to do well; I think letting the field go--it used to be hayed, back in the day--has allowed taller vegetation to take over which has overgrown the shorter Butterfly species, alas.)
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From: "Jack Smiley" <jackrsmiley...>
Cc: <thegarlicks...>, "Birders UM" <birders...>
Sent: Sunday, September 8, 2019 8:08:28 AM
Subject: Re: [birders] New Milkweed
Asclepius incarnatus is Swamp Milkweed. Butterfly weed, also called Butterfly Milkweed, is Asclepius tuberose . It has bright orange flowers, easily identifiable.
On Sun, Sep 8, 2019 at 7:22 AM 'Philip Saoud' via Birders < <birders...> > wrote:
Asclepias Incarnatus, or butterfly weed. I bought some at a local nursery a few years ago and I get monarch caterpillars every year.
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On Sun, Sep 8, 2019 at 12:21 AM, thegarlicks
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Can anyone tell me what species of milkweed this is? https://www.flickr.com/photos/82741306@N03/albums/72157710746332957 It appeared in my old field this year, the first time I've ever seen it. Sadly, I didn't think to get pictures when it was in bloom; if I recall correctly the flowers were mostly white with some lavender-ish hues in the center of the Asclepias -looking inflorescences. Also, it bloomed after the Common Milkweed had already gone to seed.
It has opposite leaves and branches coming off a single main stalk about 1.5 meters tall. A look at internet sources led me to consider "Aquatic Milkweed," Asclepias perennis , though most pages say this species doesn't occur in MI (though maps show it in Indiana). Also, A. perennis is supposed to only grow in soil that's continually moist, which isn't true of my old field, though there are marshes to the north and east of the field. I live in a rural area about half way between Kalamazoo & Battle Creek.
Has been a banner year for Monarchs here this year (at least one larva is visible in one of the pics in the album). Hope this is an appropriate place to post this.