Just weird

It was another delightfully cool start to the day at 56F. However it did warm up this afternoon to a toasty 94F. Just that time of year, eh!

The noon day sunlight made the fluff of the Wand Milkweed (Asclepias viridiflora) sparkle! So yes of course it caught my eye. πŸ˜‰

So this was what was weird to me. At first I thought another plant was growing next to the Wand Milkweed (Asclepias viridiflora).
So you can plainly see the narrow leaves growing right from the stem. Now it is not weird for this species to have narrow leaves. I do see it grow that way occasionally around here. However I don’t remember seeing the different shaped leaves on the same plant. Thus just weird to me! πŸ™‚
Now I was looking for more weirdness. Nope this Wand Milkweed (Asclepias viridiflora) was normal.

Here I just liked the arrangement of the pods.

Always nice to see the less common Narrow-leaf Milkweed (Asclepias stenophylla) with the skinny pod and the very narrow leaves.

Absolutely good to see the seeds are looking viable. Last year’s crop had very few viable seeds.

Certainly looks like it will be another successful production for the Wand Milkweed.

I had been hearing the scratchy calls over the past week. Finally the Loggerhead Shrike was in the open for viewing!

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  1. I am in great need of Wand Milkweed seed. Actually I need to get it to Bethany at PFF to grow for our chapter but I no longer have a source. So if this isn’t illegal to collect, we both sure could use it. Wand has been my favorite of all the milkweeds. I planted one plant here and it along with all the others died, except 1 Green. All my Whorled died off also.
    The fluff photo is gorgeous! We had 63 and 92 today.

  2. I do love strikes. I dislike very very few critters but fire ants are one of them. Too bad Europes has to deal with them too.

  3. Nice milkweeds post. That is very intriguing about the sprout of skinny leaves. I think Claire may be on to something with her theory.

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