Purple Milkweed

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Purple Milkweed (Asclepias purpurascens) growing in the meadow east of the observation tower at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. Kevin Munroe, park manager at Huntley Meadows, designated Purple Milkweed as a “plant of interest” due to the fact that it is officially a rare plant species in the state of Virginia (S2) [see p. 10].

Purple Milkweed plants flower from May to June in the mid-Atlantic region. Milkweed is a host plant for several types of insects, including the Monarch Butterfly.

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