Mar. 8, 2018

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Here you see the stemless pairs of leaves that give clasping milkweed that epithet.  The spot that this grows in west of Toledo is so sandy and dry that little else grows with the milkweed.  The area is a fascinating combination of habitats left behind by retreating lakes and glaciers.  The Oak Openings have large parts now preserved by the State, by Toledo Metroparks, and by private conservation groups like the Nature Conservancy.  There's probably no area in the region that offers more diverse and unusual plants to be seen in such a short time.