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Re: butterfly bush

The only Asclepias I have had with real aphid problems is A.  
tuberosa.  It was planted in my perennial bed - great soil, full sun.  
My problem with this plant is that it is so long to break dormancy -  
by the time it starts stirring, the other plants have invaded it's  
space, and are shading it out.

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Jun 13, 2005, at 11:04 PM, Donna wrote:

> Interesting Theresa... ok, those with aphid problems, where were they
> planted?
> My ice ballet is in the pond, my incartana is in a bog... the one  
> with the
> aphids was tuberose and that was in the ground...hum?
> Donna
> Ps- Theresa, look around - betting some of the mantis survived!
>> I had an Ice Ballet for one summer- it was completely covered with
>> florescent orange aphids!  But, then it died over the winter- so  
>> now I
>> just have a yellow, and one that is 2-toned (red/yellow) that I love.
>> Theresa
>> Donna wrote:
>>> Asclepias tuberose is the orange common one. My Monarchs don't  
>>> seen to
>> mind
>>> which one they attack. I love them, but have gotten rid of the  
>>> common one
>> as
>>> I just can't deal with all those aphids! The pink (incarnata) and  
>>> white
>> (Ice
>>> Ballet?) don't seem to be bothered with aphids as bad...at least
>>> controllable!
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