Plant ID forum: Milkweed

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Tkhan
May 25, 2018 11:17 AM CST
Hi all I ordered plants from on line nursery
I received 2 plants labeled butterfly weed
Does this look like butterfly weed
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I think this looks more like it


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Name: Kurt
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krobra
May 25, 2018 11:21 AM CST
second picture is definitely milkweed

not sure what the first picture is
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Tkhan
May 25, 2018 11:29 AM CST
Thanks
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Tkhan
May 25, 2018 11:54 AM CST
How poisonous is milkweed ?
I have my neighbors kids and their dog to think about !
Name: Kurt
Woodbridge , Va (Zone 7a)
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krobra
May 25, 2018 12:25 PM CST
Butterfly Milkweed is like the least or lesser toxic and does not have the milky sap that is the most toxic part of the plant.

Sounds like it is most dangerous to grazing animals , cows , sheep , horses and possibly chicken.


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Tkhan
May 25, 2018 12:33 PM CST
Ok so I think it's probably safe unless the seed pods start appearing
Will try and see what I can do
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Name: Kurt
Woodbridge , Va (Zone 7a)
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krobra
May 25, 2018 12:54 PM CST
I think you will like them and that they should not be a problem.
If you are growing them to attract monarch butterflies you probably are going to need more then two plants
it is recommended to attract monarchs to grow 3 square feet of milkweed. It really doesn't have to be a square.
Just an area equal to 3 square feet.

I saved my seeds the first couple years and planted more last year and added swamp milkweed before getting my first monarch caterpillars.
This year I've added a few tropical milkweed plants.

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Tkhan
May 25, 2018 2:28 PM CST
Oh I wish I had that much space Sad I'm going to start with one for now
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janinilulu
May 25, 2018 6:53 PM CST
The first picture reminds me of a very healthy Dianthus barbatus/Sweet William, though I'm unsure.
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Tkhan
May 25, 2018 7:28 PM CST
Oh it could be
The story is that I ordered from nursery on line and i received the plants in one big box with all the labels and plants mixed up !!!!
Could not identify one from the other !!!
Did not throw it away just planted all of them
I'll keep you all posted

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