Milkweed and Solidago: Native Texas Milkweed Seeds - Asclepias texana

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Milkweed and Solidago

By Catmint20906
October 24, 2014

Native plants possess tremendous value for the backyard gardener. They add beauty, provide important habitat and food for native pollinators and other wildlife, help to preserve our natural heritage, require little maintenance once established, and serve to control soil erosion through well-adapted root systems. Current estimates indicate that, of the 20,000 plant species native to North America, almost 25 percent are at risk of becoming extinct. In this article, I will focus on two native species you might want to help preserve by planting them in your own garden: Milkweeds and Solidagos.

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Name: Barbara
San Antonio, TX
Zone 8b
Oct 24, 2014 11:47 AM CST
Enjoyed your article. I need advice. While near Spring Branch, TX gathering stones to border my beds I found what I think is a Texas native milkweed, Asclepias texana. I didn't have camera with me to take picture, and since there were quite a few growing in the area, I picked the three heads off one plant. I dried it and have quite a few seeds. According to what I've read online I can plant in garden now, or grow in pots over winter and then transplant in Spring. Has anyone had experience with this milkweed and if so, what do you recommend I do with seeds?
Name: Catmint/Robin
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Oct 24, 2014 2:02 PM CST
hi, Barbara. I'm not familiar with A. texana, but Milkweed in general benefits from winter sowing, as long as there is a true winter (I'm not sure what winter temps are like in San Antonio):
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso

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