interesting wildflower I saw today

mstywoods(z5, Westminster, CO)July 1, 2013

I was taking a walk today around the park I usually go and saw a wildflower I've never seen there before. It smells really nice, too. So I picked a bloom and did some internet searching when I got home. Turns out it is Showy Milkweed. Ever seen it? It's very cool!

I also found a nice site giving info on various Colorado wild flowers and weeds: http://www.wildflowersofcolorado.com/. So many pretty wild flowers! I may try to find some to add to my garden, although I already see a few plants around my yard that I suspect are wild flower volunteers (columbine, aster, and penstemon). The aster was blooming when we moved in, but the penstemon showed up last year near the aster. The columbine showed up this year, but might have come in with another plant that was given to me. In any case, I am enjoying them :)

Marj

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jaliranchr(z5 EC CO)

They are, indeed, very pretty in bloom. Tons of them out here on the prairie. Not a problem until the pods burst open and the seeds fly everywhere and there are hundreds of them in the coming years. :)

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 10:26PM
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b2alicia(zone 5 Westminster)

Very pretty, Marj!

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 1:37PM
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popmama Zone 5(5)

It's a favorite of the Monarch butterfly. I know people who grow them just for them.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 10:23PM
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mstywoods(z5, Westminster, CO)

I went for a walk again yesterday and pulled one of them out of the ground. It appears to grow from a rhizome. Not sure if I will be successful with replanting it after just yanking it out of it's home, but figured it was worth the try. I'll also keep checking them on my walks for when the seeds are ready and collect some, and try planting some.

If this works, I will be sure to check my own plants for when the pods are getting ready to burst so I don't end up with a massive amount - thanks for that tip jailranchr!

I would love to have some Monarch butterflies stopping in my yard!

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 11:31AM
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david52 Zone 6

We have the ugly milkweed version out here :-).

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 12:14PM
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