Thursday, March 17, 2016

Wasatch Wildflowers Series - 1

I have been posting flower photos to Facebook.  Just occurred to me, might just as well copy them here too.  These are flowers from around the Wasatch region  and elsewhere.

The above lovely is Asclepius speciosa, Common Milkweed. Family Asclepiadaceae. Milkweed is attractive forage for nectar-gathering insects, especially the Monarch butterfly. Used to be common as a yard weed but populations have been much reduced by urban sprawl.

Please let them grow in your flower beds.  The the bees and butterflies love them.

Aconitum columbianum, Monkshood, Wolfsbane. A beautiful but deadly member of the Ranunculaceae. Leaves and root are the source of Aconite, a virulent neurotoxin.

Don't eat this.

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