Asclepias cordifolia * Purple Milkweed
The Purple Milkweed is one of the showstoppers of the Sierra Nevada meadows. It blooms in early July and grows up to the elevation of 6500 feet. The milkweeds are the local food and nectar source of the Monarch Butterflies and the Monarchs were common around these plants while I was taking the pictures too. This is a great addition to the butterfly garden. I find it rather satisfying when I read of an association in a field guide and then find it visually confirmed in the field as well.
High resolution photos of Asclepias cordifolia are part of our garden image collection