Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) is blooming in Kalamazoo. Its eye-catching clusters of flowers are more vivid than the blossoms of Common Milkweed. Like other milkweeds, it is an attractive source of nectar for butterflies. The leaves are eaten by butterfly caterpillars, including Monarchs. As its name suggests, this tall milkweed grows in wet soils.
I teach economics at Kalamazoo College. My wife is also an economist. We were on sabbatical in Europe for the 2014-15 academic year. (Salamanca, Spain, followed by Oxford, UK.) We were in Uruguay for the 2006-7 academic year.