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Grow Milkweed and Help Save the Monarch Butterflies

By dave
September 23, 2015

Could the monarchs one day actually go extinct? It's not unheard of. The loss of milkweed is directly related to the loss of monarchs. Let's all grow milkweed and preserve this majestic species of butterfly.

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Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
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Sep 22, 2015 7:34 PM CST
I have been thinking about getting some milkweed in the future, Dave, so appreciated your article. What variety do you think would survive in Tucson's environment? I would be growing it in a pot most likely. Smiling
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Name: Vickie
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Sep 23, 2015 5:37 PM CST
Great article to raise awareness of the possibility of extinction of the monarch, Dave. I had no idea there were that many types of milkweed. I had a nice patch of Asclepias tuberosa milkweed, but it has diminished over time. I need to revamp that area.

Some of my daylily friends are actually taking further steps by bringing the chrysalis inside to protect it until the butterfly hatches. They have really taken up the hobby and the cause to help the monarch.
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Name: Linnea
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Sep 23, 2015 9:28 PM CST
My son came and dug up 3 milkweed plants tonight. His sweetheart's daughter had found a caterpillar that needed one. Awwwww. She thought it was getting too cold, the caterpillar's timing must be off, so she brought it inside to potted milkweed.
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