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Date Posted 09-19-2017 07:35 PM Number Of Comments 0
Title Milkweed Plant #1
Description Milkweed Plant #1
The orange flowered Butterfly Milkweed, providing food/nectar to a Female Monarch.
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Milkweed Plant #2
The white flowered, Western Milkweed variety, shown with a Male Monarch.
All Milkweed plants are extremely aromatic. When the flowers open, the air is redolent with fragrance. If you pay attention, you will notice that the fragrance of the different varieties of Milkweed flowers, is different, one from another.

Milkweed Plant #3
The common Milkweed has wider leaves, and pink flowers, shown with a Male Monarch enjoying the floral nectar.
Wikipedia tells us that in the past, the high dextrose content of the nectar in the flowers led to the milkweed's use as a source of sweetener for Native Americans and voyageurs. That was a surprise to me, since the leaves of the Milkweed plant are poisonous......

Milkweed Plant #4
For those of you who do not recognize Milkweed plant/flower on sight (or by smell), you may be more familiar with the seed pod of the milkweed plant, found in many waste areas in Fall, and you can catch the Milkweed fairies carrying seed to new locations where they can grow the following year.

Do not confuse the Butterfly Milkweed Plant with the Butterfly Bush, or the Buddleia Bush.
The Buddleia is an invasive species, and will overtake and crowd out native plants. Although it does provide nectar for adult butterflies, it is not a good plant for Monarchs to utilize for laying eggs, nor will it provide food for caterpillar growth. You can help by planting Milkweed along your driveway, around your mailbox, or in a container if you live in an apartment.

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