Jul 19 2009

Summer’s Here: Swamp Milkweed

Published by at 7:43 am under Phenology,Plants

Swamp Milkweed (photo by Marcy Cunkelman)

Here’s another butterfly pleaser in the milkweed family:  Asclepias incarnata or Swamp Milkweed.

I found it blooming last week at Raccoon Creek State Park’s Wetland Trail - which is no surprise.  This flower’s favored habitat is wet ditches, wet meadows and shorelines. 

Swamp Milkweed flowers have a pretty two-tone effect.  The top is white and the lower petals are rosy purple.  They’re especially beautiful when Great Spangled Fritillaires are sipping their nectar.

(photo by Marcy Cunkelman)

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3 Responses to “Summer’s Here: Swamp Milkweed”

  1. Kristenon 19 Jul 2009 at 12:05 pm

    There’s a patch of it in Schenley Park that had lots of the Great Spangled’s on it and two Monarchs when I was there two weeks ago. It was great to see all that butterfly activity!

  2. faith Cornellon 19 Jul 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Is that the milkweed that gets the pods on them? That butterfly is interesting, I’ve probably seen alot of them but unknowing their decorative name is always intriguing. Faith C.

  3. Robinon 19 Jul 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Cool, I just took some pictures of these butterflies today but I didn’t know their name :) Thanks!

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