All About Milkweed: Emphasis on WEED!!

Views: 458, Replies: 4 » Jump to the end
All About Milkweed

By Sharon
July 28, 2011

It took many years but it finally occurred to me that some of our most common plants have a more colorful history than our notably famous people do. The common milkweed is one of them.

[View the item] Give a thumbs up

Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Charter ATP Member Irises Salvias Xeriscape Birds I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Procrastinator The WITWIT Badge Region: Colorado Enjoys or suffers cold winters Cat Lover
Image
Skiekitty
Jul 28, 2011 10:32 AM CST
I have this growing "wild" in my yard in a certain spot. Didn't know what it was for 5 years. It's tenacious and almost impossible to kill... trust me, I've tried. I'd love to have butterflies but the only thing that it seems to attract is.. well, NOTHING. I've pulled it up, cut it with a shovel, don't water it, nothing! Survives the coldest winters w/no protection (at least -20*F), grows to be about 5' tall, extremely xeric, poor poor poor soil (mostly rock & sand).

Anyone want any seeds? I've got probably.. 15? seed pods that are still green (they won't 'ripen' for about another month or so.. usually in August).

And I've never seen monarchs in my neighborhood, so I know I won't be denying them a place for munchies. Only butterflies we have are the white cabbage butterflies & swallowtails.
Roses are one of my passions! Just opened, my Etsy shop (to fund my rose hobby)! http://www.etsy.com/shop/TweetsnTreats
Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member Houseplants Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
Native Plants and Wildflowers Dog Lover Ferns Daylilies Irises Cat Lover
Image
Sharon
Jul 28, 2011 10:58 AM CST
Sorry about your weed, Toni.
I think you might be out of Monarch butterfly range, even though you obviously aren't out of milkweed range.
Visit my cubit Blue Gardens
Check out my Blog
Read my Articles and Ideas
Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Charter ATP Member Irises Salvias Xeriscape Birds I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Procrastinator The WITWIT Badge Region: Colorado Enjoys or suffers cold winters Cat Lover
Image
Skiekitty
Jul 28, 2011 11:29 AM CST
Sharon - I've seen monarchs in Denver.. or maybe one of the mimics. Just not in my particular area which sucks. :(

This is what I usually have in my yard: The thread "When it rains, it pours PART 2 plus pretty!" in Roses forum
Roses are one of my passions! Just opened, my Etsy shop (to fund my rose hobby)! http://www.etsy.com/shop/TweetsnTreats
Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member Houseplants Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
Native Plants and Wildflowers Dog Lover Ferns Daylilies Irises Cat Lover
Image
Sharon
Jul 28, 2011 11:36 AM CST
Swallowtails are great, they're here too.

Lovely pictures of your blooms, I have the same butterfly bush in my yard, or one almost the same. Lots of little flutterbys gather on it.

Sorry about Osiris. We do get attached, don't we?

Thumb of 2011-07-28/Sharon/3fd721
Visit my cubit Blue Gardens
Check out my Blog
Read my Articles and Ideas
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member Salvias Herbs Bluebonnets Native Plants and Wildflowers Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Forum moderator Purslane Hummingbirder Cat Lover Butterflies Birds
Image
LindaTX8
Jul 2, 2016 12:56 PM CST
Nice! Wish they grew wild out here!
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

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« All About Milkweed
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by dirtdorphins and is called "Dianthus 'Nyewood Cream'"