Apr. 28, 2018

butterflyweed, Asclepias tuberosa

Butterflyweed is just so obvious. These bunches of orange always catch your eye. Probably everyone has seen them go by on the roadside. It would have to be a determined traveler that never stopped for a closer look. And when you do, you see that you've got lots of company. Butterflyweed deserves its name, and of course it attracts all sorts of insects. Butterflyweed grows in every state escept AK, HI, ID, MT, ND, NV, OR, and WA, and in ON and QC. It is believed extirpated in ME, and it is endangered in NH, threatened in VT, of special concern in RI, and vulnerable in NY. Lenawee Co MI, 6/15/12.