I want to hybridize Mexican Milkweed (also known as butterfly weed, Mexican blood flower), it's a tall plant with long, thin leaves and red-orange flowers and monarch caterpillars eat it.
I've seen other milkweed that look identical to it but have yellow or light purple flowers, but they are not listed under the same name. Can anyone help with the name, and, how can I hybridize the 2 related species, keeping them next to eachother outside should allow cross pollination by bees right?
You might want to study the flower parts and do the hybridization yourself. And, do you know that the milkweed contains a chemical factor that can actually injure your eyes? Just be aware, and take precautions to wash your hands after handling the milkweed, and especially don't rub your eyes for any reason.
I want to do the hybridization myself between tropical milkweed (non native) and swamp milkweed (native). The tiny flowers are so delicate, do I remove the stamens or just leave them on and keep the 2 plants right next to eachother? Do milkweed produce pollen the day they open or the 2nd day?