In the wild they look very similar but in the picture here syriaca seems to have a reddish hint to its leaf veins. I am also looking for ways of recognising the young plants, so I don’t weed them with the dandelions. A great place to check is https://www.wildflower.org/plants/ But it's all over the place. I'm really not sure yet which milk weeds I have but I am trying to research that by identifying them on the net. I'll wait to see what the seed pods look like. Will this variety attract and feed Monarch larva ? Asclepias purpurascens – Purple Milkweed is a Michigan native milkweed and is native to most of the eastern United States though it is uncommon to rare in cultivated gardens. I think the only way here is to first upload your image to a host. These attract monarchs and I've had some caterpillars - none survived. Only a guess here but it seems finding locally growing weed might be a better idea. At least in my area the monarchs don't appear to need any help. It’s been so hard to find a good source with clear picture of all the different types of milkweed. And what has happened to those that died? They are yellow, black and white striped. I used to find milkweed along the railroad tracks in suburban Chicago. I now wonder if they really are swamp milkweed or some imposter. purple milkweed. And milkweed is thicker, stouter, bigger leaves. I looked that up, and found that the parasite is only a problem in places where the mexican milkweed doesn't die back to the ground in the winter. downy, usually single, 90 to 120 cm tall. Other common names for A. tuberosa are orange for the color, pleurisy root for its medicinal use, and chigger-flower referring to chiggers often found near the plants, although there is no proof that one will contract chiggers from being on the plants. February 2019 Don't worry, the Monarchs will come to your milkweed as well. formation occurs, the pods of common milkweed are hairy and warty, whereas those of purple milkweed are downy but without warts. Try examining those plants next summer. Thank you Paulette. Click on a place name to get a complete protected plant list for that location. Hope all Monarch lovers are aware of this. Sept. ish. Thanks for your questions! Plant Size: 1-2½ ft (30-76 cm) Desert Milkweed (Asclepias erosa) Thank you so much for this. is there a way to distinguish between varieties when all the leaves have fallen? Distribution in Missouri: Scattered statewide. Also watch for tiny caterpillars. Similar to Ascelpeias syriaca (Common Milkweed) it is an excellent garden choice due to its non-invasive nature. Does well in poor, dryish soils. The leaves secrete milk but the stems are reddish; the ones in my garden have green stems so I'm wondering if this is actually milkweed or a pretender? How to Identify Milkweed Plants Quickly and Confidently. Am planning now how to do purposeful improvements for next year. Wonderful! Thanks so much for this. Dogbane will also branch out, milkweed does not. NOT the one monarchs use? Relatively common and nothing too special in its own right but purple milkweed (A. purpurascens) is a stunning plant that lights up the roadsides and forest margins come early summer. Underground stems. The corona hoods are long (9 to 13 mm) and lance-shaped, making the flowers look like stars. it eats pollen from flowers and sugar water will help there are videos on fixing wings thank you. (burning of course.). Host for Monarch caterpillars, nectar source for many butterflies. Carol, Can you post a link to a photo of your drawing? October 2018 Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) Found in ON, QC. Mind you, once I got good at this, I noticed there is no shortage of milkweed in rural Michigan. Asclepias purpurascens, commonly called purple milkweed, is a rough, weedy, Missouri native perennial that commonly occurs in dry to moist open woods, dry ridge tops, thickets, glades, prairie openings, stream banks and wet meadows throughout most of the state (Steyermark). Helps to see it. Milkweed is a native perennial herb with milky sap and leaves opposite or whorled, simple and entire;the flowers are in umbels, purple to greenish white; the fruit is a follicle, with numerous seeds, each with a tuft of silky hairs.. limestone soils, open, rocky, dry sites. If I have the right kind, I have nothing but unwanted weeds out behind our pole barn. davisii (Davis’ milkweed) Asclepias fascicularis (narrow-leaved milkweed) This is a species that will … So perhaps local populations look for the plant that is common locally??? Any idea what they might be? I have many of the orange flowering Milkweed plants. I got a lot of large milkweed pods from down the road at a city garden, so I assume they're not tropical, but they had very few leaves left on them already in the fall. Thanks for your question! Asclepiadaceae, (don't let the name intimidate you), secrete. . Milkweed, Asclepias, is the host plant for Monarch butterflies, and it produces a sweet nectar that is sough by many butterfly species. I have the orange one too and though I see butterflies drinking nectar I have never seen any kind of caterpillar on it. Probably about 25-50 of them. In Illinois, only Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) and Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) are as tall and their flowers are usually more unicolored.In some areas of the United States, Poke Milkweed has been known to hybridize with Common Milkweed, producing plants with intermediate characteristics. Narrow, tapered, 4 to 17 cm long, arranged in opposite pairs. Drought tolerant. Thank you. This guide includes profiles of the four most common species, all of which are used as a larval host plant by the monarch butterfly. So it sounds like you have Swallowtail and Tussock Moths! Although Monarchs have preferences of some varieties over others, Monarchs will feed on most species of milkweed. (Somehow I'd managed to trap a monarch, then my cat got inside and laid on the fragile plants.) Can't hurt to plant what you have but if it's the wrong kind, seems a waste. Gotta be some around. Where they occur together, purple milkweed might hybridize with common milkweed (S. syriaca). Occurring widely in the northeast in thickets, open woods, and fields, Purple Milkweed is similar to common Milkweed except that it has much deeper rose-pink flowers and more pointed leaves. Now I live in South FL. Maybe get a nice patch of it back there. $13.49 $ 13. Agreed! Francis. My coworker gave me 4 pods of milkweed native to my area she harvested from plants in her yard nearby. June 2018 I may not want more of them. The field plants have early white flowers, whereas my 2-year old garden plants have never flowered. https://monarchbutterflygarden.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/asclepias-syriaca-31.jpg The ones they especially seem to like are the four mentioned on this page along with Tropical Milkweed and Red Milkweed. This page will give you a list of the Milkweeds that grow wild in Missouri, if you enter "Asclepias" at the top and check the box for Missouri. Purple Milkweed (Asclepias purpurascens) is a rare and showy Milkweed species. I am in Australia just recently I have found about 30 catapiller on my milkweed plant. For many years, botanists have known the two families were closely related. I'm happy to hear that the monarch caterpillars are feeding on your milkweed. Can it eat sugar water on a cotton ball? I tried to create a habitat for it. if you can locate plants/seeds I would say give them a go, but I wouldn’t count on it as your main milkweed variety as you’re getting started. Here is a great write-up from Wild Ones that focuses on the most popular milkweed plants in our area (most popular with us as gardeners/habitat stewards and with the Monarchs :):. Common milkweed exists over much of the United States, while butterfly weed grows mainly east of the Rocky Mountains. Photo by David Taylor. No serious insect or disease problems. I was just wondering if I could send you some pictures of what I have growing so you could confirm what and if it's milkweed Stems and leaves exude a milky sap when cut or bruised. FYI. Does not tolerate shade. Uses: pollinators, host plant, hummingbirds The sap is clear, which is unique among the many kinds of milkweeds. When should I be looking for monarch eggs under the leaves in East Tennessee? Plants form clumps 2 to 3 feet tall and wide and have stout straight stems topped by beautiful mid-summer rosy-purple flower balls. Description: Grows up to 1m in height but is … Four to six thick, heavy,dark greenish-brown stalks arise from a single stump. Is there a chance they're not good for monarchs or can I plant them in my yard for yext year? It tends to be a clumping plant that spreads less aggressively than other milkweed species. Prairie Milkweed is usually a shorter plant than Common Milkweed, and it produces fewer umbels of flowers from the axils of its leaves. December 2019 This picture illustrates the corona with it's 5 hoods (this is where nectar is stored) and it's … https://plants.sc.egov.usda.gov/checklist.html. Plenty of it. Sap milky latex. June 2019 Late bloomers or fakes? Great info! is there a smaller plant i can get to do the job. Only 8 left in stock - order soon. So, the milkweeds with the milky sap ARE the ones that the Monarchs eat. General Description . It was 3' tall/fluffy thistledown type seeds bursting from the gorgeous 'cradle' split. : Opposite, 10 to 25 cm long, smooth or slightly downy. Hi Roni, Could they be orange aphids, as in the first photo on the following webpage? I do try to grow butterfly bushes (four) to feed them but I would like to have more flowers blooming for them as they travel. A fragrant rose-purple milkweed with honey-scented blooms. Which of milkweed types does the Monarch like? Monarchs like ALL species of milkweed. pale pink or violet, arranged in almost spherical umbels. Special Concern. One odd thing I just discovered. 88. In Cincinnati, Ohio. Thank you for posting, thank you for the helpful comments and thank you planting! I was looking to help two fellers with there shine and they asked me to look in the surrounding area so now I can get them but I got distracted by a 3 star deer and I’m sure I can get a perfect pelt from it. August 2019 Doubt you mowed it since it grows so tall. Wetlands. Somewhat similar in appearance to common milkweed, (A. syriaca), purple milkweed is a smaller plant, its flowers are generally more consistent in purple coloration, its flower clusters are more terminal on the stem, and it is less hairy overall. If you go to this page, type in "asclepias" and click next to michigan, you'll see the list: Not at all? Is this a normal behavior ? here. January 2019 Flowers mostly terminal (positioned at the tops of the stems), in many loose umbels (each rounded cluster arises from the same point); pink or rarely white, with a delicate fragrance. Dogbane maybe. It is just what I've been looking for. Thank You. Hi — I have lots of common milkweed in my VT pastures, and this year noticed a surprising number of Monarch butterflies. Also found in swamps, ditches and near streams, rivers and lakes. Last Year I had a few and a couple have sprouted after I planted the seeds. If it's hallow, you have milkweed. Typically along side any country road, in the ditch that doesn't get mowed but not quite into the farm fields.) I accidentally found a chrysalis in the barn, which I brought indoors; and, before I realized there were many caterpillars in the fields, I brought one caterpillar that I found indoors as well. It is similar in appearance to common milkweed ( A. syriaca ), except its flowers are … (in a bad spot but I will leave them if they help butterflies." Thanks so much for your help. January 2020 Hey thanks for the reply. Very nice! Photo: Emma Pelton/Xerces Society. In order to find out with species are native to your area check out: https://www.wildflower.org/plants/. Before planting, I would check to see if this type of milkweed is native to your area. Well I have at least 20 plants growing some with a cluster of flowers some with none. However, I would choose species of milkweed that are native to your area. Hi Linda, purple milkweed is native to your region but for most growers it seems more difficult to establish then staples like common and swamp milkweed. Can spread somewhat rapidly by rhizomes. Noteworthy Characteristics. September 2019 Heading out now for a cat-count probably ending in renewed discouragement. Purple milkweed is similar to common milkweed in flower color and leaf shape, but is more compact and colorful and doesn't spread as much. The flowers are not what I would call in an umbel shape and they are very small (about 1/8 inch across). I realize this is only their first year so may not get any activity. Each tiny flower (to 3/4” long) has 5 reflexed petals and 5 purple heads. 45 to 200 cm tall, velvety or pubescent (hairy). Flowers are rose-colored to light purple. Easily grown in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Aaaahhhhhh - finally some excellent photographs to describe the milkweeds! Whole plant with flowers. If you think you have a Milkweed but are unsure, tear a piece off to look for the sap but try not to get it on your skin or in your eyes. I don't see it if you already did. And am I beating myself up with the tent idea? Swamp milkweed is a perennial herb. Asclepias purpurascens, commonly called purple milkweed, is a rough, weedy, Missouri native perennial that commonly occurs in dry to moist open woods, dry ridge tops, thickets, glades, prairie openings, stream banks and wet meadows throughout most of the state (Steyermark). Last year I planted six asclepias incarnata which came along nicely both years but no, I mean NO, butterfly action. Took years of trying to get one to take but it's good now. Asclepias speciosa, (Showy Milkweed). But I'm pretty sure I have the kind butterflies WILL eat. What else can I feed them. Raised a half dozen or so indoors just clipping leaves and feeding them. I'm writing from NZ but while living in Missouri I drew what I think is a milkweed? I had more trouble clipping off leaves to feed my captive caterpillars that did not have eggs on it. They can be really small until they molt a few times. Dogbane makes skinny ones, some look like string beans. If not what do I feed it? Deer resistant, non-aggressive. Thank you for reading, I'm glad it was helpful. Thanks for your question! They are about the size of a freckle. Yesterday when I discovered two tiny caterpillars on the plants outside the net tent, I carefully removed the plants (complete with attached caterpillars) then transplanted to the safety of the tent. Pale pink, arranged in umbels. March 2018. A robust grower, Purple Milkweed does well in most any soil and appreciates moisture. Once I knew what I was looking for and started looking around, the stuff is growing along side most country roads here, In the ditch between where they mow the side of the road and farms and such. http://www.wildflowers-and weeds.com/Plant_Identification/Patterns_in_Plants.htm    Mission Monarch- Milkweed sheet. Swamp Milkweed or Pink Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) grows in wet soils at the edge of streams and ponds. March 2019 I've been doing some more homework on this, perhaps something that should be added here? Hi John, It needs a name? Easily grown from seed, and will self-seed in the landscape if seed pods are not removed prior to splitting open. idonot know if they would have attracted monarchs but i wanted the chance the parent plants are just 2 1/2 feet tall. The leaves are healthy and look exactly like the incarnata in on-line photos. Hope this helps some. Different milkweeds (Asclepias) have slightly different flowers, though they have many similarities.But there are more prominent differences below ground. Any thoughts? It has an injured wing. April 2020 However, the Milkweed patterns are consistent on all Milkweeds. They have the color of a monarch butterfly. Although the flowers bear a superficial resemblance to two other sister taxa -- Asclepias syriaca(Common milkweed, with more light-purple flowers) and Asclepias incarnata(Swamp milkweed, with smaller flowers) - - the corolla hoods and swept-back sepals are a unique and striking deep purple to reddish magenta. Thank you for any advice. I guess after all this, my questions are: Shall I pull out the stumps of those incarnata-like plants that are not attracting monarchs? It has been blooming in my garden for years but it blooms and makes pods with seeds attached to silky fluff that I try every fall to let loose along my long lane. This picture illustrates the corona with it's 5 hoods (this is where nectar is stored) and it's 5 petals which are usually bent backwards. The pods of common milkweed are comma shaped, thick and covered with spines. Common milkweed is a clonal species and can usually be distinguished from purple milkweed because it usually has many stems distributed over a larger area. The one with the rosy pink flowers on it. Flowers are a nectar source for many butterflies and leaves are a food source for monarch butterfly larvae (caterpillars).Genus name honors the Greek god Asklepios the god of medicine.Specific epithet means purple. comes up every year. Now, the interesting part is, I just saw a monarch caterpillar on my semi-dried dill plant. I have a hard time weeding out the “weedy-weeds” from the desired plants and this helps me. These are up in Michigan. What would a monarch caterpillar be out here without milkweed, anyway. Poke milkweed leaves often resemble those of purple milkweed. And then there are the seed pods. Get it as soon as Wed, Oct 21. Milkweeds are different underground. Five species of milkweed are native to Oregon. In an effort to protect them from flying, stinging, poisonous, infectious insects, I erected a small lattice shelter then covered it with fine net. I found a monarch caterpillar in my backyard, and I was missing so I took it in. I have only heard of the milkweed sap causing allergic reactions if you touch it to your skin/eyes but not the seed hairs (the fluffy white stuff that comes out of the seed heads). However, butterfly weed sap is not milky. Also look on the underside of the leaves. But that's the ONLY thing they eat. Posted that on some bug forum with a photo and sure enough, as someone already mentioned, aphid eggs. This plant is considered by many gardeners to be too vigorous and weedy for borders. When I learned that the Mexican Milkweed, which grows very tall, carries a parasite injurious to the chrysalis I quickly pulled up all of mine. I’ve never seen milkweed like those around here. This is the plant's defense mechanism against herbivory. bright orange-yellow, arranged in umbels. Dogbane has a redish stem. Find those on the undersides of leaves, single eggs scattered here and there. Pretty sure it's the common variety they prefer to eat as caterpillars. Milkweeds exude a white, milky juice from broken or cut surfaces. Thomas G. Barnes, hosted by the USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Barnes, T.G., and S.W. Is it “ok” for me to grow milkweed from Minnesota seeds, where I live in California (Sunnyvale)? ​Milkweed flower color varies across species and can be white, yellow, green, purple, pink, orange, or red. October 2019 And yes, they do lose most leaves by fall. Asclepias purpurascens (Purple Milkweed) in particular is classified as Imperiled in Virginia (VA_DCR), and because it is a host plant for Monarchs, protecting the plant is an important part of conserving the natural habitat of Huntley Meadows Park. May 2020 alternate on the stem (not opposite each other), lance-shaped, 5 to 10 cm long, smooth on top and downy beneath. What is the best milkweed to plant for monarchs So how to tell them apart? Monarch eggs are tiny, yellow little dots, and will be widely scattered. It's bitter taste makes it fairly deer and rabbit resistant. Personally I have my own site I can use but if you don't you need to find a place to host images, then all you do is post the link here. Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) Tropical milkweed probably wins the contest for the Monarchs favorite milkweed in most gardens. We grow and ship several species of milkweed (Asclepias curassavica, Asclepias incarnata, and Asclepias tuberosa) from May thru October. This Mid-western wildflower is a host plant for Monarch populations in the middle portion of the US. Next time … Milkweeds Native to Florida Read More » This uncommon species is native to lightly shaded edges and open woods. Description. Milkweed can have some red but big difference. It's not yet flowering, hopefully someone can answer before it does. I will happily submit photos of all of the above. Gotta help the butterflies ya know? The problem is I don't know if my weed ridden yard has any milkweed in it. The ironic thing is there is no milkweed around my house. The kind you want has broad leaves, and a milky white to almost pinkish flower. Often forms extensive colonies in the wild. It sounds like you may be seeing MIlkweed Tussock Moths on your milkweed (do a google search to confirm). This latter species differs by having seedpods that are always smooth (rather than bluntly warty) and it has short hairs on the undersides of its leaves. 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