Monday, May 4, 2009

Green Milkweed Vine (Matelea reticulata)

Not what first comes to mind when I think of wildflowers... but the exquisite five-petaled green flowers have a pearly center that glows like love.

I'm not the only one in love, either. The vine is a host plant for monarch and queen butterflies. The appealing heart-shaped leaves drop around late November, after most of the butterflies have passed. And begin to unfurl again in March, in time for a queen caterpillar banquet.

Its a quiet treasure on dry, partly shaded hillsides in this corner of the Texas Hill Country. One that even the deer don't eat. And thats makes it almost a miracle.

Want to know more? Click the link above for a profile from the Lady Bird Wildflower Center.

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