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  • Asclepias curassavica Bloodflower or scarlet milkweed Z 9-11 Annual in colder areas

    Asclepias curassavica Bloodflower or scarlet milkweed Z 9-11 Annual in colder areas Asclepias curassavica grows upright and tall with spiraling lance-shaped leaves. Blooming all summer and early fall. Showy flowers,...

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    Asclepias curassavica  Bloodflower or scarlet milkweed  Z 9-11 Annual in colder areas
    Asclepias curassavica grows upright and tall with spiraling lance-shaped leaves.  Blooming all summer and early fall. Showy flowers, in small scarlet red and orange umbels.

    Size: 24-30” x 12-24”
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil
    Native: South America
    Wildlife Value: Attracts Monarch butterflies

    In gardens since 1750’s.    

  • Asclepias incarnata Swamp milkweed Z 3-9

    Asclepias incarnata Swamp milkweed Z 3-9 Fragrant medium pink umbels, like an upside down ballerina’s skirt, July – September....

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    Asclepias incarnata Swamp milkweed     Z 3-9
    Fragrant medium pink umbels, like an upside down ballerina’s skirt, July – September.

    Size: 3’-4’ x 2-3’
    Care: Sun in moist to moist well-drained soil, deer resistant
    Native: North America – all states (except along the Pacific coast) & eastern half of Canada, Wisconsin native
    Wildlife Value: host for Monarch caterpillars, flowers are source of nectar for several butterflies

    Named after Asclepias, a Greek god of medicine. Native American groups used Swamp milkweed – Chippewa to increase their strength & the stems made into twine; Iroquois to heal navels in babies, to increase or decrease urine and to make a person strong enough to punish witches; Meskwaki to drive out tapeworms; and Menominee used it as an ingredient in food – added to deer soup & cornmeal mush. Listed as growing in England in Miller’s Gardeners’ Dictionary, 1768. Pressed specimen in Emily Dickinson’s herbarium.

  • Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly weed, Pleurisy-root Z 4-9

    Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly weed, Pleurisy-root Z 4-9 Striking orange cymes in July-August on this American native....

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    Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly weed, Pleurisy-root  Z 4-9
    Striking orange cymes in July-August on this American native.

    Size: 2-3' x 12"
    Care: Sun in moist well-drained to dry soil, Drought tolerant & deer resistant
    Native: East and south North America, Wisconsin native
    Wildlife Value: host for Monarch & Gray hairstreak butterfly caterpillars.

    Omaha Indian’s Shell Society took 4 days to dig, prepare and distribute the root to cure bronchial and pulmonary ailments. Most important medicine for the Menomonie. Iroquois smashed the root on runner’s legs to give them strength. Butterfly weed cured flu and remedied coyote bites for the Iroquios. 1st collected for gardens by Rev. John Banister in colonial Virginia in 1678 He died when he bent over to collect a plant and a gunman mistakenly shot him. Jefferson grew this at Monticello.

Common Names of Plants

…davidii Butterfly weed Asclepias tuberosa Buttonbush Cephalanthus occidentalis Button blazing star, Scaly blazing star Liatris squarrosa Button snakeroot Liatris aspera Canada Lily Lilium canadense Canadian burnet Sanguisorba canadensis Canadian columbine…

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April 11, 2018

Round Two – Happy Birthday Mr. President

…anemone Aquilegia canadensis Canada columbine Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly weed Calycanthus floridus Carolina allspice Centaurea macrocephala Globe centaurea Ceanothus americanus New Jersey Tea Clematis virginiana Virgin’s bower Anemone sylvestris Windflower Delphinium…

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February 23, 2018

Laugh at Walnut Trees

…Adiantum pedatum Maidenhair fern Ajuga – all – Blue bugle Alcea rosea Hollyhock Anemone – all Aristolochia durior Dutchmans pipe Asarum canadense Wild ginger Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly weed Aster –…

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  • Butterfly Garden for sun

    Butterfly Garden for Sun Size : Height x width* Bloom color 1 Agastache foeniculum – Anise hyssop 2-3’ x 12” purple 3 Asclepias tuberosa – Butterfly weed 2-3’ x 12”...

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    Butterfly Garden for Sun                                  Size : Height x width*          Bloom color

    1 Agastache foeniculum – Anise hyssop                                  2-3’ x 12”                    purple
    3 Asclepias tuberosa – Butterfly weed                                     2-3’ x 12”                    orange
    1 Aster novae angliae – New England aster                            3-4’ x 24”                   pink or purple
    3 Liatris spicata – Blazing star                                                  2-3’ x 18”                    purple
    1 Monarda fistulosa – Beebalm                                                 3-4’ x 2’                       purple
    3 Rudbeckia fulgida – Black-eyed susan                                 30”x 18”                      yellow
    1 Salvia nemorosa -Meadow sage                                            36” x 24”                     purple
    1 Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’                                                               30” x 12”                      pink
    3 Verbena bonariensis (reseeding annual)                                3-4’ x 6”                      purple
    3 Zizia aurea – Golden alexander                                             30″x 24″                      yellow

    All plants are perennials except Verbena bonariensis which is an annual that reseeds.
    If planted together in one garden these make a 25 square foot garden.
    *Most of these plants get wider over time by spreading roots or by self-seeding .

    20 plants for $132.70 Would be $176.90 if purchased separately. You save $44.20.