Ask a Question forum: What happened to my milkweed?

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North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Jun 15, 2017 10:55 PM CST
Last year I planted a Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) in my perennial bed and it never really took off. This year, much to my surprise, it came back and was doing nicely. Not very big but at least it had leaves. Now all of a sudden it's a mere stick.

Before (taken in May):
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After (today):

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I had just looked at it the day before and there were leaves on it. If a caterpillar got it then that cat must still be hungry. My other milkweeds appear to be intact. None are very big yet.
What else could have stripped the leaves, such as they were, overnight?
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 16, 2017 7:55 AM CST
Let's hope it was a caterpillar or caterpillars and they moved on to your other plants. If one plant has a lot of eggs on it, then there are suddenly a lot of little cats eating your plant.

Check out the other plants, underneath the leaves and on the stems. I'll bet you find more caterpillars.
Elaine

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North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Jun 16, 2017 8:31 AM CST
Thanks. I'd be surprised because the other ones aren't very big yet. Growing back from last year are about 3 of the A. curassavica (tropical), and 1 Whorled. They are all in the same bed. I have a few others that are still in pots. Anyway, I'll take a look.
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Jun 16, 2017 12:37 PM CST
I looked around about an hour ago and no sign of a caterpillar. Maybe a bird got it, assuming there was one to begin with.

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