The North American Monsoon Season officially starts today, June 15th & continues until October 1st ⛈. This is a time fra…

 

The North American Monsoon Season officially starts today, June 15th & continues until October 1st ⛈. This is a time frame that people have established as a pattern of weather phenomena & not an exact start & stop of things. In the low deserts of Arizona, this can become a much longed for break from the blistering, searing, scalding sunshine & intensified heat of the Summer. Many flora & fauna in the local deserts need whatever little rainfall comes down, & the North American Monsoon Season is a somewhat reliable occurrence, upon which they rely. A particularly impressive plant that can endure some of the most absurdly hot & dry conditions is commonly called Desert Milkweed (Asclepias subulata). This Milkweed is an herbaceous perennial that is native to much of the Southwestern USA, as well as the states of Sonora, Baja California, & Baja California Sur. They are fairly common below 3000 feet to slopes & washes in sandy & gravely soils, & like many Milkweeds, their flowers are incredibly important to the local fauna. Milkweeds are generally well reputed for being pollinator fodder 🦋, especially with regards to butterflies, & especially there further to Monarch butterflies. To be fair, the pale yellow flowers of Desert Milkweeds are also major lures for Tarantula Hawk Wasps (Pepsis sp); so if you have Milkweeds around during the warm season, you may be visited by the wasp with the 2nd most painful sting in the world. Like other Milkweeds, their fruits are long & filled with seeds, each of which are attached to filaments, so that they are dispersed by winds. The somewhat twig-like habit of Desert Milkweed, offers a surprisingly xeric plant, who just needs a sunny site with fast draining soil. 😎 . . . . . #desertmilkweed #asclepiassubulata #flowers #milkweed #monsoonseason #arizonamonsoon #bringontherain #instagramaz #ig_arizona #landscapemaintenance #lowdesert #zone9b #arizona #landscapeconsultation #lowmaintenance #landscapes #lomalandscapes

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