Milkweed is being ripped out all over the place and being poisoned out of farm land as well.
Seems like no one wants this beautiful weed around I don't know why It has one of the most beautiful smells around comparable to lilac it is something I remember most about the smell of summer.
As a child I noticed this weed growing near roads and that's really the only place I seen it growing near is road allowance.
I see it getting cut back more and more every year as they trim the brush at the sides of the road they take all the flower and seed pods off making less and less plants every year.
I did some reading and GMO food is also making it impossible for this lovely weed to grow here and there in the fields.
Milk weed is the only food that Monarch Butterfly caterpillers eat. The Butterfly can get nector from any flower it choses to land on but the caterpillars eat only milkweed leaves.
I have even heard on the TV now that Monarch Butterfly's are getting very low in numbers and this is a butterfly that migrates to Mexico and they have big festivals for this butterfly and it is a big part of their tourism.
This butterfly is found in North America and Mexico so that is 3 country's this butterfly enjoys.
I find many of these butterflys dead on the road or stuck to the rads of cars since the milkweed grows on the sides of the roads it is easy for them to get hit and die they might not even have a chance to lay their eggs :(
So I had a plan ;) I was really upset when I found out that the perfect spot this milkweed was growing in my town was being turned into a road and my heart was broken when they are cutting back all this brush to make a road.
So b4 they started cutting it all back I decided to collect and spread some seeds from this beautiful weed :)
These seeds were from milkweed that was not by a rail road so no oil residue and they are on a road but there was no access threw the winter and no one went on this road it was a service rd no access for normal cars this is about to change but the seeds that I collected are nice at this point no poisons on them at all no salt even :)
I collected these seeds to spread them I will plant a few in my yard next to a fence at the back of my yard away from the road allowance :)
These seeds already had their winter cool time so they are ready to plant and I wish to share them with other members here for free or donate something to Mycotopia for the butterfly's ;)
Send your addy to me in a pm if you are interested in growing this beautiful weed in your butterfly garden and if you have Milkweed seeds to share let me know and we can spread this wonderful weed to get these Monarch Butterfly populations back up :)
These are pictures from last summer watching the butterfly's play in this spot has been fun but all this brush above has been removed :( and they will need a new spot to play
Not a monarch but I see these playing with the Monarch Butterfly's many times
If you wish to donate to Mycotopia for seeds here is the link
Edited by wildedibles, 30 March 2013 - 06:02 AM.