Milkweed Plant

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Milkweeds-Asclepias A Perennial Plant that Prefers to Grow on Moist Grounds 

 

Native Americans use milkweed plants not only as food and medicine but also for other things. The swamp milkweed formally called Asclepias incarnata, is an erect, herbaceous perennial plant native to North America. Its stems and leaves secrete a white milky sap if cut or damaged, a common characteristic of milkweed species. However, the juice of this wetland milkweed is less milky than that of other species. Swamp milkweed is easily distinguished from other milkweeds by its habitat since it is the only native milkweed species that grow on wet ground.

 

The genus was named in honor of the Greek god of medicine, Asklepios because some species have long contributed to treating various ailments. Incarnata is from the Latin word carn, meaning flesh and atus, meaning 'like,' since its shade is often like flesh or dusty rose. As a food, milkweed leaves are cooked or stewed. Most usually harvest its flowers while they are still green and steamed cooked like broccoli.

 

Milkweeds, Asclepias Attract Monarch Butterflies

 

This milkweed plant grows three to five feet high. As a tall moisture-loving plant, it seeks sunny openings of swamps, marshes, fens, and open areas along stream banks as well as ditches. This stemmed plant grows three to five feet high, and reproduction is through its seeds and weakly creeping roots.

 

The plant's smooth narrow leaves are lance-shaped with sharp tips and occur in pairs. Leaves are opposite, two leaves per node, 2 to 8 inches long, and no more than 1 and 1/2 inches wide. Sometimes, the leaf's edges turn upward or inward, like the prow of a ship. The veins are visible on the lower surface of the leaf.

 

The large and bright blossoms of these perennial plants comprise small, deep pink or rose-purple flowers. It consists of five downward-pointing petals and a central crown. Flowers are 1/4 inch wide. They form small clusters between 10 to 20 flowers at the top of a tall, branching stem. 

 

Milkweeds bear deep pink flowers clustered at the top of a tall, branching stem, bearing numerous narrow leaves, along with opposite, narrow, lance-shaped leaves line the erect, open-branched stem. The seed pods of milkweeds are 2 to 4 inches long, tan-brown or rusty-green, and have elongated tips that persist into winter.

 

Milkweeds are excellent plants that attract pollinating insects and a profusion of butterflies, especially monarch butterflies. They are an essential food source for them. Besides nectar, the monarch butterfly lays its eggs on milkweeds. It thrives naturally in average garden soil as long as it does not dry out completely, especially during springtime. Therefore, it is an excellent addition to a native plant garden.

 

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Milkweed Plant 

The Milkweed plant is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful of the wildflowers of North America. Its beauty not only comes from its appearance but also its fragrance. The Milkweed plant that most people think of is A.Syriaca or the common Milkweed plant. There are two other plants called Swamp Milkweed A.Incanata, and Butterfly weed A.tuberosa.

 

 The plant blooms out in a sort of star-spangled banner type display. At the top of the stem, there is a myriad of tiny flowers colored in a watercolor-like light purple. They also bloom in most other colors of the spectrum. You can find the plant blooming in yellow, orange, green, and pink. To propagate themselves, these plants develop a seed pod that drys and then, in the fall, splits open to spread hundreds of seeds.

 

 Depending on the type of Milkweed, it can grow from 2-5 feet in height. It grows in zones 3 -9. This plant attracts the usual pollinating insects such as bees, hummingbirds, and especially Monarch butterflies. Monarch butterflies love this plant because it is their primary food source, and also it provides places for the female to lay her eggs, mainly on the underside of the leaves.

 

 These plants are fast spreading, so give them plenty of room in your garden. They like from 6 to 8 hours of sunshine. A good place in the garden is where they are somewhat protected from the wind to control the spread of the seeds. This helps prevent the plant from taking over your garden. This also provides a haven for the Monarchs.

 

 Most Milkweed plants do well in just about any soil. The exception is the Swamp Milkweed; it requires moist soil and humus. Plant them in a well-cultivated flowerbed that has been worked to a fine mix. Add the recommended amount of fertilizer for an average soil mix; there is no genuine special care to the soil. Sow the seeds and tamp the soil. Water the flower bed and wait.

 

 In landscaping, they are used extensively in front of gateways to different housing sub-divisions and other property.