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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Finally, Milkweed Flowers

In 2011, I collected some milkweed seeds along a rural road in our area.

They were planted that fall and sprouted in the spring of 2012.

Each year the plant grew a little larger.

This year, I have flowers!




13 comments:

  1. I added one to a gravely area near my driveway. This year it has the beginning of a bloom. I think they are very pretty. I have the orange milkweed too. Very pretty.

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  2. That is a wonderful milkweed plant. Love the color of the flowers.

    Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

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  3. You'll never have to seed again. Once they are happy in a place, you'll get more and more every year. It's easy to control (just a quick hoeing of the shoots coming up in places it shouldn't) and not only is it a host plant for monarchs, but I find it also attracts the bad guys away from my vegetables as well. All around wonderful native!

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    1. I actually have a couple of sprouts, but they don't have blooms yet.

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  4. Lovely flowers, I imagine the butterflies will find your garden fast.

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  5. I am so jealous that you have some milkweed growing. I wanted to get some planted this year as the state of Iowa, including Iowa State University, is making a conscience effort to grow them. The decline of them in our state has been one of the problems for the monarch butterflies. I did find some on the net for sale but maybe I need to get out and harvest some seed this fall.

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  6. congratulations on your blooms - you'll love them. I don't know anything about varieties, but the ones in the corner of our front pasture are just about the best-smelling thing ... especially on a day like today -- "baling-hay weather" -- hot, with a little breeze, which brings that wonderful smell up into the yard by the house, where we sit outside. --suz in ohio

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  7. This is exciting! Congrats on the blooms. This is the plant to have around for the butterflies. So many of these are taken down because they are considered weedy. I don't understand why. They are quite beautiful. Congrats to you!

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  8. These should spread easily in your garden. The orange milkweed (asclepias tuberosa) would do well for you, too. I hope you end up with loads of monarchs!

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  9. Beautiful! Congratulations :)

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  10. When I was growing up I didn't think milkweeds were particularly beautiful because my Dad would make my brother and I hoe them in the corn field. But I will admit you have a beautiful plant growing in your garden.

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  11. Lucky you! Now watch for the monarchs!

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  12. Congrats!!! That is super! Now.....wait for those migrating monarchs. I hope you get a few pass through your yard!

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