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Great article, Thanks for the warning, I didnt know that abt the common milkweed. I had A Curassavica last yr.But I sure made a BO BO I convinced my daughter to let some milkweed to grow. Mums the word abt that. LOL
I want more to grow in my yarden because it is a survival food and I just plain like it. But it won't grow here very well. I have maybe 3 plants that have been here for about 5 years and they are it. Farmers around here probably spray enough to keep it killed out pretty well as I don't even see it in the ditches very much anymore.
I have two milkweed cultivars, tuberosa (orange butterfly weed) and incarnata (swamp milkweed). My son brought the incarnata up from his brother's yard where he had planted it 2 years before. It does spread readily and I've moved it to different beds. The butterfly weed I rescued from next door. My friend, Diana, had planted it several years ago. It grew through the chain link fence and actually bloomed on my side. Diana and her husband, unfortunately, split up and she moved our of state leaving him with the house and yard. He wasn't into gardening and sadly neglected the yard , which had once been a wonderland of woodland wildflowers. When he moved, the new owner told me she was going to put up a privacy fence for the dogs and grass over the whole yard. She told me I could take anything I wanted out of the yard before the fence went up.
One of the plants I rescued was the butterflyweed, which has rewarded my efforts by thriving in its new bed, blooming longer and reblooming after I cut it back. It had never rebloomed before. It sprouted some babies last summer and I took them up to our weekend home at the lake, 1 hr. N of here. I hope they "took" and come up to give me more enjoyment.
There is a special place in my heart for my brave little butterflyweed, lol.
Milkweeds are very important for the survival of the monarch butterfly, whose existence is threatened all over its range.
Neither of my milkweeds has become invasive and I look forward to their appearance every summer.