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Milkweed

POM-POM PARADISE – THE SEASONS OF MILKWEED
MILKWEED IS NOT JUST ANOTHER WEED!
Milkweed - Asclepias fascicularis by Brad Grimm

PHOTO: Milkweed Variety – Asclepias fascicularis Brad Grimm, Admin of Grow Milkweed Plants, Website

Grow Milkweed Plants helps citizen scientists locate and learn about milkweed native to their part of the country (USA). In 2016 Brad Grimm commissioned a garden planter that has become The Biggest Little Butterfly Garden In The World and is registered with Monarch Watch as Monarch Waystation 8269.

The monarch’s life cycle is solely dependent upon MILKWEED ~ the monarch’s HOST PLANT. Scientifically known as asclepias, there are over 100 varieties of milkweed across the USA. Milkweed is NOT just another weed. It is a natural wonder – with a unique life cycle of its own. Without milkweed, the monarch cannot exist, yet across the USA, milkweed is being cut down! Parking lots, condominiums, and shopping malls are replacing the fields. Milkweed is from the plant family Asclepiadaceae – the genus of herbaceous, non-woody plants. Asclepias can be compared with the orchid family and produce very complex flowers in the plant kingdom. Its name is derived from the milky, latex type sap that is secreted when stems are broken – the sap contains cardenolides which can be toxic and useful for protecting against dangers. A predator will experience a bitter taste and learns to stay away from the bright orange and yellow patterned colors. The adult butterfly stores the cardenolides in their systems for protection.

Pom Pom Paradise
CONNECTED LIFE CYCLES

PHOTOS: Jennifer Carey, Debi Armbruster and Lynn Rosenblatt

Breathtaking Video of the Monarch’s Nursery…a “POM-POM” PARADISE!

Asclepias speciosa with a Queen Monarch. Photo used with permission.

THE STORY BEHIND MILKWEED POLLINATION

Pollination, Plants and Insects – Approach Milkweed Carefully!!

This 30-minute video from Wisconsin Public Radio featuring Gae Bergmann, Master Gardener at the Dodge County Master Gardener Association, discusses how to attract monarch butterflies by planting milkweed. Bergmann explains the life stages of the butterflies and provides information for creating a habitat that attracts the insects. Explore the full archive of WPT’s University Place lectures online at http://wpt.org/universityplace

Bee Pollinator Sac - Edith Smith

PHOTO: Edith Smith

Pollinium Milkweed Pollen Sac - Holli Webb Hearn

PHOTO: Holli Webb Hearn

TUSSOCK MOTH

Monarch Butterflies are not the only ones who love to eat Milkweed.
This MUNCHING MACHINE can devour an entire plant!!!

PHOTO: M.J. Raupp

PHOTO: Patrick Coin

LEMMON’S MILKWEED

PHOTO: Sue Carnahan

PHOTO:​ Wynn Anderson

MILKWEED VARIETIES

PHOTO: swbiodiversity.org

PHOTO: J.E. Smith

PHOTO Lunch, Blanco County, Texas

PHOTO: Steven Madsen

PHOTO: Aaron Schuster

PHOTO: Wikipedia

PHOTO: monarchsinthedesert.blog

PHOTO: www.anniesannuals.com

PHOTO: © Mark Hutchinson 2012

PHOTO: © Peter M. Dziuk

PHOTO: Pinterest MGB

PHOTO: flickr.com

PHOTO: Seed-balls.com

PHOTO: Country High Gardens Photo

PHOTO: Jim McCormack

I love Milkweed!

Learn the facts from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Download - Crafty Monarch Project Instructions
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PHOTO: Stephanie Puckett

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PHOTO: Carol Pasternak

Milkweed Across America!

Monarch Butterflies need our help! Join local efforts to plant milkweed in schoolyards, libraries, and backyards across the USA.

These resources will get you started.

Monarch Watch – Free Milkweeds for Restoration Projects
Monarch Joint Venture – Native Milkweed Campaign
David Suzuki Foundation – Ten Tips for a Monarch-Friendly Garden
Our Habitat Garden – Growing Milkweed for Monarchs
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