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Re: butterfly bush

  • To: gardenchat@hort.net
  • Subject: Re: [CHAT] butterfly bush
  • From: "Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center" 4042N15@nationalhearing.com
  • Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2005 17:52:02 -0600
  • References: <23226007.1118702461818.JavaMail.root@sniper28>

We have the common milkweed in our Butterfly garden at the Display Gardens,
of course.  It does self sow into neighboring gardens, like the Pastel
Pathway, but who cares; the volunteers can be removed  I think it is pretty,
too, and an interesting plant.  I need to get me some.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, June 13, 2005 4:40 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] butterfly bush

> The milkweed that is specific for monarch is "common" milkweed,
> Asclepias syriaca, which has very pale lavendar or pinkish flowers.
> I think they may eat some others, as I have seen them on my cultivated
> Asclepias, too.  The "swamp" milkweed is, according to the Audubon
> Society Field Guide,  Asclepias incarnata, a deep pink flower.  I am
> not familiar with it, but doubt it is the one specific for monarchs, for
> guide says it contains less of the milky sap that gives monarchs their
> protective nasty taste to predators. I have a bed of the "common"
> ones in the narrow strip between the drive and the boulder.  People
> say "you have to get rid of those weeds," but I encourage them.  Not
> only for the monarchs, but because I like them.  I think the flowers are
> lovely, I love their fragrance, and if I am lucky enough to get pods, I
> love them, too, for dried flower arrangements and various crafts.
> When the plants begin to get ratty late in the summer I just cut them
> down unless they have bods - most don't.
> But then I guess you all know by now that my garden is not your
> conventional flower-bed.
> Auralie
> In a message dated 06/13/2005 5:41:15 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> tchessie@comcast.net writes:
> Do monachs use any of the other asclepias?   Exactly which one it "swamp
> milkweed"?
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