Milkweeds for Monach Butterflies

borderbarbDecember 9, 2010

You know that old saying "it is the greatest mistake to do nothing because you can only do a little. DO WHAT YOU CAN"

A recent article about reduced population of Monarch butterflies gave a website, which has a list of milkweed family plants we might plant in our gardens. I wonder if youth groups might also plant seeds in empty fields/open areas. My Cub Scouts did this with CA Poppies years ago, and kids still talk about the pleasure of seeing results in roadside planting area. Anyway ... just a 'pay it foreward' idea.

Here is a link that might be useful: Milkweed profiles

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YIKES! Just noticed the typo in heading .... Monarch ... hmm, does this mean I'm not perfect?

    Bookmark   December 9, 2010 at 2:02PM
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My asclepais seed so freely I really should be better about collecting & distributing them before they all float away. I think I had about 15 plants this last year, never saw a monarch cat, but some years they get covered & munched.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2010 at 6:27PM
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My neighbor did the Monarch station last year. Now we have so many beautiful butterflies floating around the neighborhood.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2010 at 1:57AM
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socalgal_gw Zone USDA 10b Sunset 24

I planted Asclepias curassavica for the first time this year, and had more than a dozen caterpillars. We just had a butterfly hatch out today.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2010 at 4:30PM
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napapen(ca 15)

I purposely left seed on my milkweed plants to be taken by the wind and hopefully start plants over the land around me. Mostly vineyard and backyards. I found plants growing in several places in my yard and doing well. I have 5-6 varieties in my landscape - no Monarchs tho.


    Bookmark   December 10, 2010 at 6:17PM
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