I have tried antelope horn, green, swamp, common, tuberosa, Texas, Zygote (or whatever you call that one), and showy. If you do I would be interested in getting some seeds. It is almost invisible and you can hardly find the plants as a low growing vine but each and every time I check between April and October there are Queen caterpillars on there! It does reseed wherever it feels like. Evelyn, I had previously bought Butterfly weed (tuberosa) from Home Depot and I went outside the other day and have 7 huge caterpillars! Water should be able to drain from the soil. Will 3-7 come back? Anyone wanting Milkweed seeds please email me and I will send you some, I have red tropical, yellow, orange and showy milkweed seeds! Dr. Chip Taylor, founder of Monarch Watch, points out that Tropical milkweed is the plant on which Monarch butterflies evolved. She then proceeds to lay her egg on a leaf — and only on the leaf of a milkweed.This is because monarch caterpillars depend on the plant for food, eating every leaf in their path until they complete their metamorphosis (a cycle that takes about four weeks). Hummingbirds, butterflies and bees are attracted to the flowers. Spider Milkweed is also commonly known as Green Antelopehorn Milkweed. I hang it outside every summer. THey likely will not return. Grows best in light, rich, evenly moist, well-drained soil in full sun. Quick growing. The flowers attract bumblebees and butterflies. She profiles beautifully the various milkweed species for this area. According to Lincoln Brower, a biologist at Sweet Briar College in Virginia, the “insidious disease” spreads when infected butterflies scatter spores on milkweed plants, which are then ingested by the next generation of caterpillars. I’m new on this page and live in New Braunfels, TX, 78132. Detractors of Butterfly Weed point out that it doesn’t contain the toxic cardenolides that protect Monarchs from predators, thus should be avoided. Also called Golden Zizia, Golden Alexanders will tolerate a lot of shade but prefer full sun or light shade. Monarch Watch recently launched its Milkweed Market on its homepage, a virtual marketplace of native milkweed seed. The most common native milkweed in these parts has fuzzy leaves and an odd greenish-white bloom and can stand two-feet tall. This  will discourage overwintering of organisms possibly harmful to Monarchs. Linda, I found plants at Ritter in Beaumont and I was also told that Al Cook has them. Please note: Plants are noted for being weedy in their native tropical habitats and in warm winter areas such as the deep South where they will self-seed somewhat profusely. In fact, I didn’t even know what my vines with the “little greenies” (blooms) were until the search for the caterpillars led me to the info. It will push out new shoots as the weather warms. The 18-inch-tall perennial serves as a fantastic nectar plant. The flowers are a great source of nectar for butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, and other beneficial insects. Be sure to check the label carefully. Does anyone have any near me? The plant is propagated easily from seeds and cuttings and blooms through the Fall, when nectar sources are wanting. Leaves and stems are hairy. Tropical milkweed, like any other milkweed used as a host plant needs careful and constant care to be a healthy host plant. I will again investigate. I’m told it is also a host pant for the Monarch’s. KILL YOUR MILKWEED NOW! Choosing milkweed plants proves to be much more difficult than many initially expect. Just prune as you see fit. It is listed as rare or threatened in some of its northeastern range. Photo by Moniak Maeckle. Container plants may be cut back and brought inside into bright sunny locations in winter. Photo courtesy Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. Is anyone familiar with is research? Texas longterm drought has sparked a broader interest in native plants, so the availability of milkweeds and other “from here” pollinator plants will continue to grow. Other appropriate milkweeds are suggested in this article by the Native Plant Society. Poke Milkweed is native to Michigan and can also be found throughout the eastern portion of the United States and Canada. Typically 30 – 45 days of stratification will be required before installing in moist soil. Butterflies will be in search of fuel as the make their journey south for the winter. Milkweed (Asclepias spp.) Tall and elegant with drooping flowers that are white with pink accents and extremely fragrant, this milkweed is a popular nectar source in addition to being a host plant for the Monarch butterfly. Staking: Milkweed plants have sturdy stems - no staking needed. Sow milkweed seeds by scattering them on the soil surface 1/4-1/2 inch apart, and then cover with about 1/4 inch of additional soil. Biggest problem is new emerging butterflies in December and January. Staying in one place for many generations makes the butterflies more susceptible to the deadly Ophryocystis elektroscirrha parasite. + New Seminars for Fall 2015 In the Fall, Milkweed vine produces huge seed pods, about three times the size of Tropical milkweed. Asclepias verticillata Whorled Milkweed is a Michigan Native and one of the most broadly distributed of all milkweeds in the United States . Those of us who have attempted cultivation of native milkweeds from seed in our home gardens have often met frustration and failure. It can be found along roadsides, ditches, prairies, open areas, and other areas with little vegetative competition. Either they went off to form their chrysalises, became a butterfly and flew off, or a predator got them on the way. Commercial butterfly breeders and even organizations like Monarch Watch rely on Tropical milkweed to raise butterflies in captivity. Many species need to be vernalized (cold treated) before planting. Features tubular, bell-shaped, petunia-like flowers (to 3″ long), each with five shallow rounded lobes. Keep an eye out for your local botanical garden or native seed society’s pop-up plant sales to score some proven homegrown natives. Like other milkweed, Asclepias curassavica Tropical Milkweed is attractive to aphids. "Shocking" seeds that have been refrigerated by soaking them in warm water for 24 hours also seems to improve germination rates. I have now bought two more huge tuberosas and 1 through 2 have been transplanted onto the new plant. Being […]. –Monika, Hi there, we are in Texas, Zip code area 78634 and THE most popular plant for Queens to ovodeposit on here in our land are all the Matelea Reticulata. […] tallest. The bloodflower, or Asclepias curassavica, is a tropical milkweed that is native to the American tropics, which includes the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Our 2020 plant list will be available in January 2020. Thanks! Katrina, check out this website: https://journeynorth.org/monarchs The toxins, contained in the latex of  most milkweed species, give the Monarch its bright warning colors and bad taste that deters predators. Milkweed is sometimes known as "the butterfly plant," as it is the sole source of food for monarch caterpillars. I include it today because it is an absolutely delightful plant with its heart-shaped leaves, perfect green symmetrical flowers, and a lovely, intriguing pearl-like dot in the middle. Nobody will believe me, but monarch caterpillars eat one of my other plants. It is hardy, easy-to-grow and supports Monarchs. Habitats include openings in upland forests that are rocky or sandy; upland black soil prairies, sand prairies, gravel prairies, and hill prairies; barrens, limestone glades, and sand dunes; and abandoned fields. It’s easy to grow, not a water hog, propagates easily from seeds and cuttings, blooms prolifically and draws Monarchs like a magnet. It’s helpful to have a diverse selection of native milkweed and flowering plants, but avoid tropical milkweed (A. curassavica). Other milkweeds here do have trouble flowering and returning. The solitary bloomer never receives supplementary water and barely enjoys rain, given its location tucked under a breezeway. Has anyone had any luck with Honeyvine Milkweed. Local nursery advising folks to: KILL YOUR MILKWEED How to Get Native Milkweed Seeds to Germinate, Tropical Milkweed:  To Plant it or Not is No Simple Question, Desperately seeking MIlkweed:  Be sure to buy pesticide free plants, Butterfly FAQ:  Is it OK to Move a Chrysalis? Asclepias curassavica, Tropical milkweed, NOT native, but a great Monarch host and nectar plant for all butterflies. Watering: Swamp Milkweed varieties need either a naturally moist environment or regular watering. I live in Nederland in SE TX. While Milkweed vine is in the Asclepias family, there doesn’t seem to be any evidence that Monarchs and Queens use this vine as a host plant. I am wondering if you have any extra butterfly weed seeds available? The plant originated in Central America and has gradually moved north. Monarch Watch, The Xerces Society, a pollinator advocacy organization, and the Native Plant Society have all engaged in milkweed restoration initiatives. I will check ours next time. I have grown many milkweed plants from seed, like common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) and swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), both of which are favorites of monarch caterpillars. Asclepias curassavica Tropical Milkweed is also commonly known as Mexican Milkweed and Blood Flower. Cut back in late winter to control growth. We need the Monarchs to get back to Mexico and they’ll think they’ve made it home when they find your milkweed. They don't require any fertilizer to thrive. Spider Milkweed has a native range of Texas north to Nebraska and eastward as far as West Virginia and South Carolina. Through a Google search I discovered that they were milkweed tussock moth caterpillars, the only host I’ve ever seen on the plants. But when the card… Milkweed seeds (and most wildflower seeds), shouldn’t be planted any deeper than they are long. That said, supply continues to be lacking. Hi Toby, I soak my tropical milkweed seeds in warm water for 24 hours before planting them. Zizia is an important plant to a number of short-tongued insects that are able to easily reach the nectar in the small yellow flowers. See Monarch Watch's milkweed propagation guide for recommendations on growing milkweed. I had two tropical milkweed plants a while back, and one day found four queen caterpillars on them. Also I have not seen any actual butterflies in my yard yet have spotted a few here and there around town and in surrounding areas. Intolerant of dry soils. Spiders LOVE this plant. Unlike many milkweeds, it is fairly evergreen. Tropical milkweed is easy to grow and will provide cheerful flowers throughout the summer. Let them refuel and move on, the eggs and caterpillars will not make it through our winter here in Central Texas! I have had the hardest time getting milkweeds to establish in my San Antonio and Laredo gardens. All of our plants are grown without harmful pesticides. It is deer and rabbit-resistant. Be mindful that stratification is recommended for successful germination. While it can be challenging to find Tropical milkweed in the Fall when Monarchs are moving through Texas, it’s easy to cut back your spring plants to encourage new growth for migrating visitors. Tropical Milkweed, as well as Swamp Milkweed, will root in water. Showy red-orange flowers bloom late spring through late autumn except in USDA Zones 9-11 where it is winter hardy. More Info on the Tropical Milkweed Controversy. Green milkweed can range from one-three feet in height and is best propagated by seed which is commercially available. I use the analogy of choosing between ice cream and spinach. During droughts, keep the flowers blooming with weekly watering. As George Cates, chief seed wrangler at Native American Seed Co. in Junction, Texas told me:  “These milkweeds have a mind of their own.”, Monarch caterpillars will ONLY eat Asclepias species, or milkweed. May also be grown as an indoor plant in bright sun with regular watering during the growing season and with reduced watering in a cool location in winter. Ultimately, the tropicals didn’t survive and I’ll have to plant some more. It can best be propagated by seed, which is available commercially from native seed suppliers. Some scientists suspect that misguided attempts to help the monarch in the United States may be accelerating the end of the migration. Monarch caterpillars are tolerant of these chemicals⁠—in fact, cardenolides are the very compound that protects the monarch from predation. (I am sooo excited as I did this in Environmental Science in high school in SA, and I have named them one through seven). The very traits that make native plants so hardy also often make them extremely particular about their soil, drainage, moisture and available light. Like Antelope Horns, it sports showy whiteish-green globes of flowers that attract Monarchs as a host, and huge bees and other butterflies for its nectar. Keep up the good work! My butterfly breeder friend Connie Hodson, of Flutterby Gardens in Manatee, Florida, says you can cut any six-inch stalk of Tropical milkweed in a potting soil and vermiculite mix, and have new plants in no time. This is a non-aggressive milkweed and once established, plants are known to survive for decades. Oblong to lanceolate, olive green leaves to 4″ long. These teachers have done a wonderful job teaching about the Monarchs’ plight and the kids are delightful. Last year in Central Texas when we had an exceptionally wet winter, the Antelope Horns were not as pervasive as you would think. It prefers full to partial sun and grows in a variety of soils but prefers dry-mesic to mesic. Prior to … Tropical milkweed does not die back in the winter, providing monarchs with a year-round food source that may eliminate their need to migrate, Oberhauser says. Yet every year it pushes out a batch of blooms and seedpods, peeking from under the  deck, reaching for the sun. It does die down, and we can cut it down. Ugh — those yellow aphids. Tropical milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) is a showstopper. Monarch on Swamp Milkweed on the Llano River, photo by Monika Maeckle. Other common names include bloodflower or blood flower, cotton bush, hierba de la cucaracha, Mexican butterfly weed, redhead, scarlet milkweed, and wild ipecacuanha. It is widely considered one of the most beautiful varieties of milkweed, which has made it a popular addition to butterfly gardens across the United States as gardeners swapped out their native milkweed varieties … It has been my experience here in NC that the Monarchs prefer the tropical milkweed and their least favorite is the butterfly weed. According to the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, Antelope horns can also be propagated from root cuttings taken in the spring. Prefers rich, moist soil. The correct link is seedsource.com. Subject: You can have an orchard! Yes, and here’s how to do it, Converting your Lawn to a Butterfly Garden, http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=cisfqvCeCo0&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DcisfqvCeCo0, US Fish and Wildlife Service rules monarch butterflies worthy of protection, but doesn’t have resources to provide it, As ESA listing decision looms, new study challenges “dogmatic narrative” that monarchs are in decline, FREE Festival webinars available: butterflies, bats, bees and metamorphosis, Documentary chronicles year of chaos through lens of monarch butterfly migration, “Bat Man of Mexico” to dispel lies about bats and COVID-19 at FREE webinar, Desperately Seeking Milkweed: Monarch Butterfly Caterpillars’ Voracious Appetites Create Milkweed Emergency, Q & A: Seed-balls.com founder says “throw and grow” gardening often doesn’t work, Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterflies Everywhere: Here’s How to Raise Them at Home. It has a wide distribution throughout the United States and is a good shade ground cover for native gardens. I see someone posted here just last month, so hopefully people are still finding this great page! Thanks, Nadine. The Monarchs do seem to like it so much better. That’s great news, Kip. For years we’ve had this milkweed growing along the banks and on the Chigger Islands of our Llano River ranch, but recent, prolonged drought has taken a severe toll, lowering our water table so much that much Swamp milkweed has died. For now, though, planting from seed is the most viable option. This encourages rotting and death of cuttings. In my completely unscientific kitchen experiments, I’ve noticed that Monarch caterpillars PREFER Tropical milkweed. You can also read our stuff on the Rivard Report. Flowers are light green to green and as the plant matures the flowers begin to turn yellowish green or purplish green. Can you correct them? NOTE:  If you choose to plant Tropical milkweed, best practice suggests slashing it to the ground in late fall or early winter. It is native to South America, but has naturalized worldwide in many tropical and subtropical areas. Dismiss, Asclepias curassavica – Tropical Milkweed, Asclepias curassavica - Tropical Milkweed. The plant matures to 1-3′ in height making it a nice choice for borders. They were gone the next day. Tropical milkweed is a large, showy milkweed with lovely yellow and orange flowers. If milky sap begins to flow, the plant is the non-native tropical milkweed. If you can collect your own seed in the wild, go for it. With habitat loss and the use of pesticides it is has become increasingly difficult for Monarchs to find Asclepias during their spring migration and throughout the summer breeding season, particularly in the Midwest prairies where it once grew in abundance. Tropical Milkweed (A. curassavica)– Native to South America, tropical milkweed can be grown as an annual in colder USDA hardiness zones. The colorful flowers earned it the name bloodflower and scarlet milkweed commercially. Asclepia Viridis, Green Milkweed or Green Antelopehorn Milkweed Photo courtesy Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. Commonly called Dutchman’s pipe because the unusual, 2″ long, yellowish-green flowers (each flaring at the calyx mouth to form 3 brownish-purple lobes) superficially resemble Dutch smoking pipes. If you'd like to attract butterflies to your garden, growing milkweed is easy to do. Most seeds will germinate in 7-10 days if the flats are maintained at 75˚F (24˚C). Are you sure you’re talking about Common Milkweed or are you referring to Tropical Milkweed? gulf coast, could you send some to me? Cedar Park, TX 78613 Zizia aurea is one of those natives that every garden should have. One of the best ways to tell if a milkweed in question is tuberosa is to break off a leaf and see if  milky latex pours out. I hope this is just bad luck and not a sign that they are dwindling in #’s as some articles and research has been indicating:/, I know, isn’t it charming. I have a single one of these plants growing under a porch at the ranch. Just 1/4 mile north of FM 1431 on Hwy 183 I’ve seen Queen caterpillars using the Pearl Milkweed Vine one year. In Texas, it is quite common and is considered an important food source for the Monarchs as they start their spring migration northward. Nbryant@dishmail.net Since milkweed species have varying needs for sun, water and space, pay extra attention to growing requirements. The pot is in a big tub. Good luck! It produces bunches of orange, yellow, and red tubular blooms for months. If you have it growing in nearby fields, ranches or wildscapes, you might give this a try. It was then that I discovered first dozens of larvae on one leaf, and later a few fuzzy black/orange/white — tiger colors — caterpillars. Its abundant orange blooms attract all kinds of butterflies. Stems and leaves exude a milky sap when cut or bruised. Milkweed plants grow well in dry or loamy soil as long as the area drains well. 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