Category Archives: Milkweed

There’s A Butterfly on My Milkweed

sung to the tune of “straighten up and fly right” There’s a butterfly on my milkweed There’s a butterfly on my milkweed There’s a butterfly on my milkweed Drink up baby and be on your way Took all summer and … Continue reading

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Earth-Friendly Gifts for the Gardener

Maybe you recently received the same email I did about an “import-free” holiday season. Basically, the message was: Skip buying cheap decorations and gifts, and carefully select meaningful items that support the local economy. Less junk, less clutter, and better … Continue reading

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Salado: School Butterfly Project Gets Underway

Last week, students at Thomas Arnold Elementary School and Salado Intermediate School were briefed on Monarch butterflies and their contribution to society. On Monday, Phase I of a beautification project will begin that includes putting in a Monarch way station … Continue reading

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Caterpillars, Butterflies and Transformation

One of the most spellbinding few hours I have ever spent was when I watched the emergence of several monarch butterflies from their chrysalises anchored to a bouquet of milkweed at one of our past Bugfest events. Somehow, I had … Continue reading

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How to Plant Milkweed for Monarch Butterflies

Dwindling monarch butterfly populations have prompted some gardeners to pepper their landscapes with milkweeds, the various plants in the Asclepiadaceae family on which monarchs lay their eggs. Chubby, zebra-striped monarch caterpillars gorge themselves on the plants’ milky alkaloid sap, which … Continue reading

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Free Common Milkweed Seed Packet

In an effort to contribute to the recovery and resurgence of Monarch Butterfly populations, Prairie Moon Nursery will include a free packet of Common Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca seeds with every retail order in 2012. Monarchs appear to lay their eggs … Continue reading

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Bondar’s Foundation Challenges Students

Canadian astronaut Robera Bondar has given a nice boost to a Sault Ste. Marie teen’s developing photography career. Jennifer Russell, 17, placed first in The Bondar Challenge’s senior division. The competition, organized by The Roberta Bondar Foundation, encourages students to … Continue reading

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Butterfly Milkweed

Family: Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed) Scientific Name: Asclepias tuberosa Perennial herb found on roadways, abandoned farmlands, open woodlands, and prairies. Sandy, loamy, or rocky limestone soils. Watch for: Lance-shaped alternate leaves smooth above and velvet beneath. Flowers are a showy orange, with … Continue reading

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Milkweed Takes To The Wind

The winds of November and December take part in milkweed seed dispersal. Recently, the evening sun spotlighted some silky seeds that were preparing for a wind dispersal event. That picture looks a bit like a studio photo, but it’s a … Continue reading

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Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

QUESTION: We are considering a monarch waystation for our local elementary and are concerned about milkweed toxicity. Would it be safe to plant it in reach of children? ANSWER: The Poisonous Plants of North Carolina database says that all parts … Continue reading

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