To end the week, on Saturday, June 9 at 10am, I'll be giving a presentation on Nebraska wildflowers at Finke Gardens and Nursery. And don't forget, I do run a native prairie garden coaching business. Ahem.
Also, check out Bob Henrickson's (NE Statewide Arboretum) fantastic advice on planting a mini prairie in your landscape.
I ask people all the time if they plant milkweed, because it is a host plant for monarch butterflies. Oh yes yes yes, they say, Asclepias tuberosa. Oh no no no, I reply, not good at all.
|Red Swamp Milkweed|
*** Milkweed is NOT a weed!!! ***
Swamp milkweed should be in full sun if you want it to bloom and give you some cool furry seeds. Otherwise, I also have it in half sun, moist to medium clay soil, anywhere from 1-3' tall and 1' wide. I have both the red and white-blooming cultivars, though the larvae seem to prefer the straight red species. Other good milkweeds to have are A. sullivantii, speciosa, syriaca, and purpaurscens, but you'll have to research those to know more.
|'Ice Ballet' or some such odd name|
|Some of the 200 monarch caterpillars I raise each year|