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Asclepias speciosa * Showy Milkweed

Showy Milkweed grows at middle elevations, 3000-5000 feet, in the Sierra Nevada Range. This photo of Asclepias speciosa was taken in Yosemite in one of the meadows on the Valley floor. Asclepias speciosa can take a moist summer environment unlike many of the other Milkweed species, making the Showy Milkweed one of the easier California Natives to mix in the perennial bed. Asclepias speciosa is a nectar and food source for the Gray Hairstreak and Monarch butterfly. A local Blue is taking a meal. Asclepias speciosa is a great addition to the butterfly garden.

High resolution photos of Asclepias speciosa are part of our garden image collection

Asclepias speciosa, Showy Milkweed