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Re: Ia St Fair

I found these plants of interest specifically to Monarchs:

ppl coneflowers and goldenrod
Monarch (Danaus plexippus)
Favorite Flowers: Milkweed, lantana, lilac,
   cosmos, goldenrod and zinnia
Caterpillar Plants: Milkweed
and someone mentioned Swan Plant - Gomphocarpus physocarpus

Then I found: "Monarch butterflies, Danaus plexippus, only lay their eggs on
Milkweed plants (Asclepias spp. and, occasionally, various genera of Viny
Milkweeds.) "
However, they didn't mention what the other two genera were.  I'm guessing
one is the previously mentioned Gomphocarpus.
So I then went to:
and they carry all sorts of milkweeds:
Calotropis procera, Rubberbush
Cynanchum laeve, Sand Vine Milkweed
Sarcostemma cynanchoides, Arroyo Twine Vine

If I come across any more, I'll let you know.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Melody" <mhobertm@excite.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, August 18, 2004 12:06 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Ia St Fair

> Kitty: Yes, I realized after I sent the message that I had two pics. of
> my little monarch catepillar in there. It is the only one I've found in
> my garden so far and I had to move it from it's original location to a
> more guarded place where the kids wouldn't accidentally trample it.
> Since then, I've seen a couple more monarch butterflies in my yard daily
> so I'm hoping more catepillars won't be far behind. Unlike past years
> when we would have been seeing dozens of them by now, I'm lucky if on a
> good day I see two or three. I fear this species is having a really
> difficult time recovering from that large kill a few years back. I'm
> trying to let as much milkweed as possible grow in the gardens but the
> stuff tends to get real messy as the summer progresses and they get so
> tall they fall all over the place...but I'm trying. Didn't I see someone
> on this list once posted other plants necessary for monarch procreation?
> Bronze fennel and asters seem to ring a bell, neither of which I
> currently have.
> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
> "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
> --Albert Einstein
>  --- On Tue 08/17, Kitty < kmrsy@comcast.net > wrote:
> From: Kitty [mailto: kmrsy@comcast.net]
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 09:53:50 -0500
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Ia St Fair
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