Friday, September 2, 2011
A new milkweed, for me. Asclepias curassavica. It is growing prolifically on the block of Union between Smith and Hoyt where all the brownstones have long front gardens.
When looking it up at home I was sure I would read that it is invasive but no, no such thing. It is described instead as a plant of merit. From Mexico on down, it provides food for monarch butterflies. Do you think that they find it, on their weary flights back and forth along the length of this continent, and swoop down and drink in surprise?
Hardy to zone 9, it is grown here as an annual.