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Milkweed

POM-POM PARADISE – THE SEASONS OF MILKWEED

You can make a difference – Kids and adults can replant this fragrant flower in your own gardens. Then, all year long, you can enjoy the Seasons of Milkweed!

FALL // WINTER

Balloon Milkweed Puff

PHOTO: John R. Unell – visit John’s Facebook Group Monarchs and Milkweed

INSECTS COMMONLY FOUND ON MILKWEED

Large Milkweed Beetle

Aphids

Red Milkweed Beetle

Red Nymph Beetle

Lady Bug

PHOTO: Swamp milkweed beetle. Getty Images/Moment Open/Cora Rosenhaft

Red Nymph Beetle

Milkweed takes its name from its latex or milk-like sap. In autumn, it is easily recognized by the large greenish-gray pods which eventually dry and split open to reveal seeds secured to fine white silky filaments or floss. Tethered to this floss, the seeds drift with the wind, and so are dispersed. It was this distinctive floss which in 1944 became vital to the Allied war effort as stuffing for life vests and insulation for flight suits. Read the article.

Some ideas remain great despite the flow of years and cultural change. An example of this is how Vermont farmers are taking an innovation from 1944 during World War II and repurposing it for the general public. Stuffing cold weather parkers with milkweed floss has been rediscovered as a great way to stay warm! Read the article by Jennifer

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PHOTO: Judy Venek

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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