late summer. As fall follows summer, so does
the inevitable process to prepare for the next
One milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa (aka butterfly weed) is moving to the next step. Its seed pod has opened, revealing the gossamer mass of future milkweeds to be enjoyed by butterfly caterpillars and wildflower enthusiasts next year.
Milkweeds are varied in scrub. We also have Asclepias curtissi, a listed species that is not as common or as showy, but impressive nonetheless.
It is still blooming.