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That was inbetween sprayings. I dug this plant up over a year ago. It's flowered 4 or 5 times and each time the bugs would come, I would spray every other day and by the time the bugs were gone, so were the flowers. The only reason I think I got pods this time is because of the bug slowdown in winter, Even then I had to fight some to save the pods.
I wonder how that plant would do in the DFW area? I read it is a great monarch resource so it would be worth growing. I am not sure I would have a sandy,full sun area for it myself. Do you find a lot of cats. on it?
Cheryl, it will do fine here in our area as it is native to north Texas. In fact, I've got it growing naturally on the property next door to me and I'm in southern Dallas County. Grows fine in our clay soil.
Just curious what anyone would spray on this plant besides an occasional blast of water to dislodge aphids. Caterpillars are "bugs," too, and spraying any kind of pesticide on the milkweeds will kill aphids, stinkbugs and caterpillars; i.e., good and bad bugs. Butterfly gardening has no room for pesticides.
A few weeks ago, my largest milkweeds were covered in (orange) oleander aphids, which actually cause little damage. As suggested by Texas A&M, I employed integrated pest management and let the aphids alone, and about three weeks later, sure enough, came a troop of lady beetles to gobble them up.
I added a little alcohol to the soapy water, knocking them off last 1 day. This is the only plant of Zizotes I've seen down here. These gold bugs killed my 3-year old loquat saplings and would attack several other plants. I really wanted some seeds of them to share. I have quite a few Mexican Oleanders that get striped every year, so I feel I can keep cats away from my house and flower beds and pots. The other half acre bugs can have except africanized bees, fire ants and carpender ants.
The last 3 weeks I've been enjoying hundreds of baby toads that my neighbors that use pesticides don't have.
I've been away a couple days so I'll catch up with the DMs and sends tomorrow.
Do you still have seeds available? I have been working diliglently to get native milkweeds growing to support the Monarchs; although I do have the tropicals which came in handy for the early arrival of Monarchs this year.
I am interested in purchasing or swapping for some seeds. Kay
I would love to trade if you still have seeds & would love to have more plants of this!
I dug up a plant with a sharp shooter shovel from a commercial field a couple of years ago in north Tarrant county. It is the first milkweed to be eaten here in my butterfly garden & has bloomed but been devoured before it can go to seed. I have a long list of natives as well as other seeds for trade. (Please Dmail me & I'll send you the list!)
I am also looking for other Texas native butterfly host plant seeds such as Asclepias texana, Aristolochia reticulata, & Aristolochia erecta...if you have these or know where I could get them???
Thanks & let me know,