Can I cut back milkweed without damaging it?
I have a beautiful newly established native garden on a slope near my cottage. Unfortunately, the milkweed has a habit of falling over as the seed pods are ripening, and they are covering up some fall blooming plants that haven't had their chance to shine yet. If I don't need the seeds for propagation, is there any reason I couldn't cut back the milkweed stalks? Would it hurt next year's plants? Are there animals or other insects who depend upon the aging milkweed or its seeds over the winter? I'm assuming that the Monarch caterpillars should be just about done feasting on the leaves, right? Please correct me if I'm wrong.