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Re: swamp milkweed
  • Subject: Re: swamp milkweed
  • From: "Zemuly Sanders" <zemuly@comcast.net>
  • Date: Thu, 10 Jun 2010 10:49:40 -0500

Lucky for me the black swallowtails like wild carrot!
zone 7
West TN
----- Original Message ----- From: "Christopher P. Lindsey" <lindsey@mallorn.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, June 10, 2010 9:57 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] swamp milkweed

Get rid of it?  Don't they realize its value?
"Flowers are a nectar source for many butterflies and leaves are a food
source for monarch butterfly larvae"
I have A incarnata and A. tuberosa. I'd like to have a few A syriaca about

I love swamp milkweed!  They smell so sweet, too.

Still, mine never seem to stay where I plant them and end up seeding
in places where I don't them.  Bad Asclepias!  Bad Asclepias!

Speaking of butterflies, I miss my gas plant.  I love the fragrance and
the strong, dark green leaves, but one year I saw black swallowtail
caterpillars crawling all over and munching away.  I identified them,
decided black swallowtails were cool, and left them.

Two days later the plant was nothing but a stalk.  :)  It never recovered.

Still, it's nice to see black swallowtails flitting through the yard,
and I get a little nostalgic thinking of the ones that I helped 'nurse'.


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