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Milkweed

POM-POM PARADISE – THE SEASONS OF MILKWEED
NOT JUST ANOTHER WEED!

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.

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

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

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

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.

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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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