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How To Grow Milkweed for Monarchs

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How To Grow Milkweed for Monarchs

Milkweed grows in a sturdy upright pattern with large leaves that turn from light green to dark green and sometimes to red as they mature. The plant can reach up to six-feet tall and produces a multi-clustered pinkish purple flower that is typically as large as a tennis ball and blooms throughout the summer, if regularly pruned. In addition to Monarchs, many other pollinators will visit these flowers so this plant does well if combined with other flowering plants. If leaves or stalks are broken, they ooze a white, milky substance which gives the plant its name. Large oblong seed...

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How to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

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How to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

If it flowers, butterflies of all stripes will be happy to visit your gardens but did you know there is one plant that Monarchs cannot live without? Common Milkweed is a necessity for Monarch caterpillars. While Monarch butterflies will feed on many different flowering plants, they only lays eggs on Milkweed because it is the ONLY plant the caterpillar eats until it goes into the chrysalis. In fact, the chemical compounds in this plant protect the caterpillars from getting eaten! Milkweed contains a cardiac poison that caterpillars are immune to but makes them taste bad – and become poisonous – to predators. Over time predators...

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