Last Saturday was a beautiful day to plant 25 Asclepias tuberosa milkweed plants. These are important in a pollinator garden because they are not only nectar but also larval host plants for Grey Hairstreak, Monarch, and the similar-looking Queen, butterflies. Tuberosa, also known as Butterfly Weed, is a native, perennial milkweed with showy orange flowers and dark green foliage, blooming May through September.
We appreciate our friends at Brumley Gardens in Lake Highlands for providing these plants to us at a discount to fit our budget.
Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed) is Brumley’s 2017 Plant-of-the-Year
We plan to work this coming Saturday, April 1st from 8AM-Noon.
Rain is expected but not until later in the day. Our goal is to haul in mulch; the mulch is free but we have to load it. We have two pickup trucks available to us but we’ll need at least two volunteers to help the drivers load/unload mulch and others at the garden ready to distribute it over the beds. You’ll need a shovel, bucket and/or wheel barrow to move mulch from the delivery point to the beds, gloves, and hat.
Please join us Saturday morning - it’s the perfect antidote to that desk job!