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Re: butterfly bush

While they probably prefer the "common milkweed", I have had plenty  
of larvae on my "swamp" milkweed.

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Jun 13, 2005, at 5:40 PM, Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:

> 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 the
> 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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