Three species of the Milkweed Family are in bloom. The suffix "weed" is unfortunate because they are all native grassland plants with beautiful flowers. I saw monarch butterflies visiting the flowers of all three species. The orange Butterfly weed will catch your eye first.
|Butterflyweed, Ascplepias tuberosa|
|Whorled Milkweed, Ascplepias verticillata, from the road|
USDA Plant Database.
|Common Milkweed, Asclepia syriaca.|
|Common Milkweed pod|
|Flowering Spurge, Euphorbia corollata|
|Flowering Spurge (white), Tall Ironweed (purple),Veronia gigantea|
|Great Ragweed (center), Horseweed (both sides)|
Most people consider Great Ragweed, Ambrosia trifida, and Horseweed, Conzya canadensis, as noxious weeds, even though both are native species. Both are as tall as a horse and invade disrupted areas.
Two introduced, i.e., not native, that are common along roadsides now are Bouncing Bet and Crown Vetch.
|Bouncing Bet, Saponaria officinalis|
|Crown Vetch, Coronilla vaira|