Species #1 – Asclepia syriaca (Common Milkweed)
24 February 2020

My 1000 species challenge starts in earnest on Sunday 1 March. This is a TEST post to get the ducks in a row (and it does not involve a bird).

Common milkweed is the plant everyone loves to plant in their gardens because it is the host plant for the Monarch Butterfly to lay its eggs on – in fact it’s the only plant their caterpillars can feed on. We all know it from its green and growing form with attractive and rather strange flowers but at this time of year hereabouts we can enjoy its beautifully architectural dried seed pods, often with a few seeds still hanging around waiting to be dispersed by the winds.

Now – just another 999 to go. Come back for more on Sunday and then daily thereafter (please).