I’m very excited to have three varieties of milkweed, a really important plant to have in a California garden. Milkweed is the plant of life for the Monarch butterfly, the only plant the Monarch uses to lay eggs. Monarchs are in danger of going extinct because humans have nearly eradicated this plant. There’s a big push on to plant as many Milkweeds as possible throughout the state.
We have seven Asclepias fascicularis (Narrow-leaf Milkweed), which I’m pretty sure is this one:
I know the names of the two other varieties, based on our invoices. They are Asclepias speciosa and Asclepias eriocarpa. I’ve identified which plants are milkweed, but can’t figure out which is which particular type. Here are the pictures:
To me, these leaves look different and I should be able to identify them by comparing them to photos online. But all the photos of both species look like the leaves in the bottom photo. So I can’t decide. If you want homework, please give it a try and tell me which one you think they are.