Milkweed Plants Emerging

Last year Paul Snoey gave away more than 200 plants and seed packets of narrow leafed milkweed collected from the Gorge.  Several of the plants were given to Kay Stringfellow, who planted hers near the entrance to the Pickled Heron Gallery.  Paul has been watching for them to emerge and have wondered if they survived the winter.   In the last few days of warmth and sunshine, they have begun to put up shoots. Others that have planted milkweed  should see theirs emerge soon as well.

Monarch butterflies time their arrival with the emergence of milkweed plants and generally lay their eggs on young plants.  It would be unlikely that monarchs will come this year but as the population of milkweeds grows in the next few years, Ridgefield may get some.

In the meantime, the plants should bloom this year and are an excellent resource for bees and butterflies. They are drought and deer resistant so should do well here in the summertime.  The population of monarchs is still very low but there are many efforts from private people and public agencies to restore them.  Planting milkweeds and pollinator friendly plants free from herbicides and insecticides is something we all can do.

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