Behold! Rush Milkweed (Asclepias subulata; verified on iNaturalist), uncultivated, growing in our ‘yard’ near the house, fed by greywater.
In this region, this variety of milkweed is of prime benefit to the stupendously gorgeous Western Monarch butterfly; monarch caterpillars can only grow to adulthood when feeding on it.
According to scientists and advocates, the Western Monarch species has probably entered an extinction spiral, probably due to the usual villains: habitat destruction, poisons, climate breakdown, etc.
Well. We see Monarchs from time to time around here, and this plant is probably why.
So we’ve extracted seed from the exploded pod (see above photo) and are now attempting to propagate more milkweed plants. Then we’ll transplant them to our various JT Homesteader and Sunever Farms properties (and maybe interested neighbors’ as well?) and protect/monitor them to make sure they reach maturity.
Butterfly oasis. Worth a shot. Anything for the Monarchs.
For more info on saving the Monarch: Xerces Society