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Date Photo Taken: 06/01/2013
Location: Overland Park KS
Posted By: bfourkup


These plants came up where I have my butterfly bushes, and I don’t recognize them as anything I planted. The flowers never did open up last season, but they produced large, long seed pods with lots of silky fly-away seeds.


  1. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    white milkweed
    Asclepias variegata
    It’s said to be endangered in some places, but they can have all I find growing untamed in my garden.
    I consider it a weed.

    June 1st, 2013 at 5:34 pm
  2. bfourkup Registered says:

    OK, thanks. I guess the butterflies should like it, anyway.

    June 1st, 2013 at 8:06 pm
  3. carolsmg09 Unregistered says:

    Milkweed is the only larval plant of the Monarch Butterfly. If it’s in your butterfly garden, you are ahead of the game!!! You may want to collect the seed pods before they pop or you will be pulling them up in unexpected areas.

    June 1st, 2013 at 9:04 pm
  4. stone Flower Fanatic says:

    The monarchs need our help…
    I plant milkweed for everybody…

    June 3rd, 2013 at 7:46 am
  5. Charlie Unregistered says:

    Here in Connecticut, residents of the last known colony of this species (Asclepias variegata) have not been seen for a few years now. If someone has seeds of this species, I would be very interested.

    December 14th, 2013 at 1:52 pm

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