Here's water milkweed in its favorite habitat. It occurs to me that I get a lot more pictures of water plants from the edge of their habitat than from near the middle. That's because both I and the plants prefer the shallow water. It's not that plants don't grow and bloom in deep water. I'm just not equiped to take those shots. The Cherokee found a number of medicinal uses for water milkweed, mostly having to do with urinary problems. One wonders if its preference for water was believed to be a sign of what it could be used for. The stems were also used for cordage.
The southern trip was a success. Three milkweeds, three rose mallows, two rose gentians, one orchid, and a whole bouquet of other stuff. Would have liked more orchids, but you don't get everything. Now I get to decide where to go next!