Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Milkweeds for the Monarch and Queen butterflies

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Name: Sheila F
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Sheila_FW
Feb 14, 2010 10:00 AM CST
This is only one of many milkweed plants that are hosts to the Monarchs and Queen butterflies. They are also a wonderful nectar plant for the bees, and other butterflies in our yards. This one is our common Asclepias Curassavica, Mexican Milkweed and is a perennial in Texas.


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Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Sheila_FW
Feb 14, 2010 10:13 AM CST
Another here is the 'Silky Gold" cultivar Asclepias curassavica. It isn't winter hardy for me in N Tx.

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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Mar 20, 2010 6:56 AM CST
Swamp milkweed
I am not sure why it is called swamp , it grows along with everything else in the garden and requires no special care.

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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Mar 20, 2010 6:57 AM CST
And must be very tasty,
The cat's prefer this to regular milkweed.

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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Mar 20, 2010 7:00 AM CST
unfortunately it seems to be well liked by others too


Sharing with aphids YUCK

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Name: Donna Vincent - gapeahen
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Vincent_Gardens
Feb 5, 2011 5:17 AM CST
Oh yes those aphids cover my Asclepias curassavica. I'll be planting more yarrow for the lady bugs to eat those yucky aphids al around the asclepias. In fact I saw my first ladybug early this week when we had one warm sunny day! Maybe that's a sign spring will be here early! I wish!!
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Feb 6, 2011 12:55 PM CST
I've got a ladybug in my house...didn't have the heart to put it outside during the cold!
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Name: Donna Vincent - gapeahen
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Feb 6, 2011 2:13 PM CST
I know what you mean, Linda Love those little ladies!

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gardengus
Feb 6, 2011 7:51 PM CST
so what do you feed a ''house ladybug''? Smiling
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 29, 2011 4:21 PM CST
I was just outside in the backyard and noticed a few Monarch Caterpillar's devouring the Asclepias curassavica ("Scarlet Milkweed".) Hurray!



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Name: Sandy Coffman
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wren
Jul 29, 2011 5:14 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 29, 2011 5:21 PM CST
I am so excited ... it's the first time I've ever had the Cat's on the Milkweed in my yard!
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Name: Sheila F
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Sheila_FW
Jul 29, 2011 7:27 PM CST
Yea Lin!!!! Love seeing the monarchs anywhere! Thumbs up Thumbs up
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plantladylin
Jul 29, 2011 7:31 PM CST
Sheila, I agree ... I love seeing any Butterfly and it's even more exciting seeing the Caterpillars! We had so many butterflies last year but this year they have been sporadic at best. I wonder if it has anything to do with the extreme cold we had here in Florida last winter?
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Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Sheila_FW
Jul 29, 2011 7:38 PM CST
Not sure what but all over the country we have less butterflies this year. I sure hope they will rebound next year. I miss my garden buddies! Crying
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 29, 2011 7:51 PM CST
Did y'all have a colder than usual winter like we did here?
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Name: Sandy Coffman
Jacksonville, Florida
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wren
Jul 30, 2011 5:51 AM CST
I need to get some small envelops but I do have some extra seeds for the common and the showy Milkweeds if anyone wants any.
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Jul 30, 2011 9:24 AM CST
In Texas, I'm pretty sure the predators are picking off eggs and cats at a faster rate this year...also the butterflies themselves also. During Severe to Exceptional drought, "prey" becomes scarce and hard to find. I've seen the wasps doing their searches of plant foliage more than usual. Wasp populations have dwindled. I've found quite a few paper wasps drowned in water container and normally that doesn't happen with that kind of wasp. I figure they get so weak from lack of food, they just can't fly off after lighting on the water like they usually do, so they drown! During the summer of 2009, all the insects and lizards vanished for a while.I would walk around and see nothing alive...except the birds I was providing for and my cats. Oh, I think I see a little rain going on outside...I remember we used to get that stuff before.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Sheila_FW
Jul 30, 2011 8:22 PM CST
Yea for rain Linda...hope it was more than a sprinkle. Drooling Thumbs up
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Jul 30, 2011 9:08 PM CST
We've had almost 4/10"...not so much, but we can't turn down any amount!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad

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