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Re: butterfly bush

I don't know the cultlivar of the Asclepias I have (it's orange and yellow), but the Monarchs just love it. Those caterpillars denude the plants every summer. Right now I have loads of Fritterlaries (sic) enjoying the Echinacea.
zone 7
West TN
----- Original Message ----- From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, June 13, 2005 6:27 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] butterfly bush

What I have is Asclepias Incarnata. It too will seed around if given half a
chance. I love the flowers. I haven't seen any common milkweed anywhere
around here for many years. If someone has a few seeds, I'd love to start a
little of it. I can give seeds of the Swamp Milkweed in trade.

Here is hoping all of you are doing well. The Morgan household is hectic as
always. Bill and I did get out a bit Saturday and got the "foundation"
digging and compost/manure in the Mailbox Garden extension. I can hardly
wait for time to actually put the plants I bought in there!!!

Of course, Sunday did not have any spare time to turn a hand spade or click
the pruners anywhere. I did however, from Saturday, come up with a very
"woodsy, wild flower looking arrangement to put on the serving tables at
church to celebrate our Pastor's 20th anniversary of his ordination and 4lb
of had dipped chocolate and white chocolate strawberries. I thought 4 lbs
should be enough, but I'll need to bring double that the next Pot Luck

Hopefully I'll be able to chat more later! In the mean time, I'm thinking
of everyone and hoping you all have bountiful gardens with few weeds!


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center
Sent: Monday, June 13, 2005 7:52 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] butterfly bush

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.

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

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