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Got MILKWEED (plants for the monarch butterfly) - $5 (Mt Pleasant)


COST: $5 - $10 depending on size (starter plants!!)


CURRENTLY FOR SALE: Native & Non-Native Milkweed SEEDLINGS for the Monarch Butterfly. These plants need some more time before they can feed a monarch, but get them in the ground so they can expand their roots while the weather is mild- and while they are available!!

NATIVE MILKWEED IS AN INVESTMENT!! Native Milkweed is a perennial. The first year the plants spend their energy growing roots (and sometimes the second year as well). Most native milkweed have tap roots and do NOT transplant well.


* woodson swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnate ssp. pulchra) native to the east coast
* rose swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnate)
* aquatic milkweed (Asclepias perennis)
* purple milkweed (Asclepias purpurascens) - SOLD OUT, next set estimated Aug 2019
* spider milkweed (Asclepias viridis)
* showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa)
* narrow leaf milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis)
* whorled milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)
* tropical milkweed (Asclepias curassavica)

* giant milkweed (Calotropis procera) great for older caterpillars to feast!


So it's spring and I already have Monarch caterpillars munching on my in-ground milkweed (I need to make more netted areas to protect my seedlings!). This past week I've seen an increase in Monarch in my yard (as well as other butterflies - yay!!). I've been planting butterfly host plants and it's paid off. It’s my odorous invitation, no RSVP necessary and they’re responding and bringing friends! 

There is a lot of information about the decline in Monarch population, so what can you do to help. Besides NOT using pesticides, the best is to provide a suitable habitat for their entire life cycle. Google for more information but the key point is MILKWEED is the ONLY host plant for Monarch caterpillars!!  

The Monarch spring migration has started (here in the Charleston area we have Monarchs until around Thanksgiving!) and with this weather, it's a great time to plant your spring milkweed crop.

 So my question to you, is do you have your milkweed ready??

NOTE: For NATIVE milkweed, it's an investment. Small seedlings planted this year will spend their energy building a root system and mine have seemed like they've gone dormant in the heat of the summer (or they got eaten!) only to sprout out in the next spring!


SPECIES Details:

* woodson swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnate ssp. pulchra)
- native to the east coast (“pulchra” latin for “beautiful & lovely”)
- blooms soft pink to light purplish early spring to late summer (unlikely to bloom first year)
- can get 2 to 4 feet (great for a container plant but need to keep it moist)
- best in full sun
- likes it moist (& fertile soil) but can handle normal garden moisture once established

* aquatic milkweed (Asclepias perennis)
- found in riparian zones & wetlands (but will tolerate normal garden moisture once established)
- blooms white with a pink tinge (SHOULD BLOOM FIRST YEAR)
- short ~ 2 feet (great for a container plant but need to keep it moist)
- best in partial to full sun

* purple milkweed (Asclepias purpurascens)
- found at woodland edges
- can get 3+ feet with vibrant red/purple flowers in summer (unlikely to bloom first year)
- best in a bit of dappled shade but good in full sun (with ample moisture)
- well drained & fertile soil (add aged compost early & often)
- similar in appearance to common mw but larger leaves and not invasive

* spider milkweed (Asclepias viridis)
- found in full sun prairies
- short (~ 1.5 feet) w/ dramatic flower (unlikely to bloom first year)
- best in full sun (with low competition)
- drought tolerant (has a tap root so doesn’t like to be moved)

* showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa)
- native to the central & west coast of US (but I like the flowers!)
- found in seasonally wet meadows & prairies
- can get 4+ feet with summer fragrant “stary” pink flowers (unlikely to bloom first year)
- best in full sun
- drought tolerant (has a tap root so doesn’t like to be moved)
- similar in appearance to common mw but “showier” flowers and not AS invasive

* tropical milkweed (Asclepias curassavica)
- native to South America (most common nursery milkweed plant)
- blooms either red/orange or yellow (BLOOMS FIRST YEAR)
- can get ~ 4 feet (great for a container plant)
- best in full to partial sun

* giant milkweed (Calotropis procera)
- native to India/ Asia
- blooms in purple/ white clusters & VERY FRAGRANT (used in Hawaiian leis)
- can get 5+ feet (IN A CONTAINER) and much LARGER in ground
- best in full to partial sun
- typically sold as an annual but mine overwintered this past year and are now blooming (mid May)
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