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Re: Cruel plant/Butterfly

  • To: gardenchat@hort.net
  • Subject: Re: [CHAT] Cruel plant/Butterfly
  • From: "Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center" 4042N15@nationalhearing.com
  • Date: Tue, 17 May 2005 10:02:19 -0600
  • References: <9167166.1116336675792.JavaMail.root@sniper25>

Re > Cynanchum
> ascyrifolium, before. Wasn't able to find a picture of it.

http://www.senecahill.com/images/cynaascy.jpg

Kitty
----- Original Message ----- 
From: <TeichFlora@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2005 7:30 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Cruel plant/Butterfly


> Still catching up...
> Interesting info Kitty, hadn't heard about this particular plant,
Cynanchum
> ascyrifolium, before. Wasn't able to find a picture of it.  Find  it
> interesting that the common name is Mosquito plant.  Let us know how it
does for you.
>
> As a note on potential butterfly plants, not all plants in a certain
genus,
> or family, are successful.  At the MG's we did a trial on  this.  Had a
line
> of assorted Pasiflora plants, another of several of the  Aristilochias,
> asclepias, etc.  Was interesting that the native butterflies  were very
particular in
> what they chose to use as host plants.  This study  was done in several
areas
> of the city, and found to have the same results.   In fact when we took
some
> of the larvae off of an Aristolochia fimbrata (the  chosen plant of the
> Pipevine butterfly) and put it on the more commonly used  Aristolochia
elegans and
> A. gigantea (which never was used)....although the  caterpillars did
eat...they
> died, apparently of poisoning (?).   Unfortunately none of us were able to
> come up with any native Aristolochias for  the trial, but among the
Asclepias,
> the monarchs chose the mexican native A.  curassavica first over the our
native
> species with the more succulent  foliage....although they did use these
> eventually, and were fine.
>
> It was an interesting study.
> Noreen
> zone 9
> Texas Gulf Coast
>
> In a message dated 5/14/2005 11:02:25 PM Central Standard Time,
> gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:
>
>
> It's  an asclepiad, so when I found it at Seneca Hill, I thought it might
be
> good  for our Birds, Bees, and Butterflies garden, so I ordered  one.
>
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