Yosemite and Tioga Pass Area

Purple milkweed (Asclepias cordifolia) has dark red-purple flowers with hoods that are slightly elevated above the base of the corolla. The flower structure is unusual - it has five stamens fused into a column, with five pink circular attachments called 'hoods', and an anther head surrounding the large stigma at the flower's center. Purple Milkweed was valued by the Native American Miwok tribe for its stems, which they dried and processed into string and rope.