March 24, 2020
I “think” this might be a Mexican Bird of Paradise, but as most of you know, I am NOT an expert on identifying plants, flowers or trees. So, if any of you know for sure, I’d like to hear what you think. This photo was taken somewhere in southern Texas.
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OK, I'll ID it for you--this is a type of Milkweed plant--Monarch butterflies use this as a host plant for laying eggs, and raising the larvae. I've had this plant in my patio for a few years, and successfully raised 6 Monarchs. The larger green "bud" on the left is a seed pod that eventually will open with all the seeds ready to fly. The little orange aphids on the leaves are a type (orange) that are specific to milkweed plants.