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Traditionally, milkweed—the plants monarchs need to reproduce and survive as a species (not butterfly bush)—would rebound after farmers used cultivation to kill weeds, but chemical interventions wipe the plant out.
The plant is the food source for the particular species of caterpillar, such as milkweed for monarchs and parsley plants for black swallowtail caterpillars.
Iguana-resistant plants include crotons, ixora, oleander, milkweed and citrus.
Botanist Nathanael Pilla will explore milkweeds and other native plants in mid-summer bloom at this 41-acre nature preserve, home to one of the rarest ecosystems in the state.
Asclepias species, aka milkweed, are also toxic to animals.
Every class in the school came out to plant black-eyed Susans, milkweed, goldenrod and other native flora, filling a 65-foot-long, 12-foot-wide dip in the schoolyard with a grand total of 354 plants.
The grounds of the Old U.S. Mint now hold Louisiana irises, carnivorous pitcher plants, pickerel weed, spider lily, aquatic milkweed, swamp goldenrod and swamp Sunflowers, all in a large sugar kettle.
The sale will feature several milkweed varieties, the only family of plants on which monarchs can rear their young, as well as wildflowers known to attract adult monarchs and bees for their nectar.
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MILKWEED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of milkweed for English Language Learners
: a type of North American plant that has white juice
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