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How to Grow and Care for Milkweed Plants

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Milkweed Plant

Named after the Greek god of medicine, Asclepias, common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is the most well-known species of a little over 100 native plants found in North America. When not in bloom, this dull, gray-green plant practically grows unnoticed in fields, roadsides, and wastelands.

How Milkweed Got its Name

Milkweed got its name from the sticky white sap (milk) it produces when its stems are cut. This "milk" contains a mild poison that has a bitter taste, which acts as a defense mechanism to animals and insects that try to eat its tender leaves. If appropriately boiled, the typical milkweed leaves are edible and have a mild taste. However, it is wise for first-time milkweed hunters to take an experienced forager and identify and prepare it properly before eating; this is because the milkweed plant has poisonous look-alikes such as butterfly-weed and dogbane.Image result for milkweed

Milkweed as a Natural Remedy

Aside from being used as food and as a material to make ropes, cords, and cloth, etc., various Native American tribes used the leaves, roots, and sap of the milkweed to treat a range of ailments as well as to restore or maintain their health. It was used as a laxative, an antidote for dropsy, treatment for venereal diseases, contraceptive, a preventative measure for women after birth, reduced fever, a postpartum milk flow stimulant, a treatment for stomach problems, respiratory problems, chest discomfort, and female issues. Milkweed was also used to treat bee stings, warts, and ringworm externally.

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Modern Research & Uses

Modern research of milkweed's healing properties confirms many of its traditional uses. Studies indicate that milkweed has been shown to relax the bronchial tubes, make breathing easier, expel excess mucus, a mild sedative, and is still used by herbalists to treat amoebic dysentery.

Milkweed Cautions

Some people might experience an allergic reaction to the sap/latex, so it is recommended to test a small area of the skin before it is used long-term and to avoid rubbing it into the eyes. It is also advised that people on blood pressure medication not use milkweed without medical supervision.

Future Milkweed Uses

Researchers have investigated growing milkweed for papermaking, textiles, lubricants, and as a substitute material for fossil fuels and rubber as these costs of materials continue to rise. Extraction of the chemical found in the milkweed's seed is currently being tested as a pesticide for nematodes.

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Milkweed Plant

Milkweed Plant

Milkweed plant is known for attracting monarchs, the milkweed plant is a native perennial that has clusters of showy, pink to mauve flowers and lance-shaped leaves, attracting a host of pollinators while thriving in moist, wetland habitats. They boast numerous benefits when incorporated into landscaping designs. Its unique features contribute to outdoor spaces' aesthetic appeal and ecological value. With clusters of vibrant and captivating flowers, it adds a burst of color and charm to gardens while also serving as a vital component in supporting local ecosystems. The Milkweed plant's most notable contribution lies in its role as a host plant for monarch butterflies. These iconic insects lay their eggs exclusively on their leaves, making them an essential habitat for their life cycle. Including it in landscaping provides a nurturing environment for monarchs, aiding their conservation. This, in turn, contributes to the overall biodiversity of the area, enhancing the ecological balance. Beyond its ecological benefits, it offers a unique and appealing aesthetic. The plant's intricate flowers, available in various shades from white to pink to orange, create visually pleasing displays. These flowers attract monarchs and draw other pollinators like bees and butterflies, promoting a healthier and more vibrant garden ecosystem. Its tall, upright growth habit adds vertical interest to the landscape, contributing to the overall visual diversity. Its adaptability to different soil types and sun exposures makes it a versatile addition to landscaping projects. It can thrive and enhance the landscape's overall design, whether planted in flower beds, borders, or naturalized areas. Its hardiness and low maintenance requirements make it a perfect option for gardeners of all experience levels. Our 100% guarantee ensures satisfaction for one year on all milkweed plants for sale. As a native plant in many regions, it contributes to the sense of place and can create a regionally specific and authentic landscape design. Its presence helps to connect the landscape with its natural surroundings and can provide a sense of continuity with local ecosystems. In conclusion, its benefits in landscaping extend beyond its ecological importance as a host plant for monarch butterflies. Its captivating flowers, ability to attract pollinators, adaptability, and regional significance make it a valuable addition to outdoor spaces, enhancing the landscape's visual appeal and ecological health. To explore further information about our Milkweed plants available for sale and their role in supporting butterflies, click here. Milkweed Plant for sale from TN Nursery today! Milkweed Plant  The Milkweed plant is undoubtedly one of North America's most beautiful wildflowers. Its beauty comes not only from its appearance but also from its fragrance. The milkweed plant that most people think of is A. syriaca, or the common milkweed plant. Two other plants are Swamp Milkweed A.Incanata and Butterfly weed A.tuberosa.    The plant blooms out in a star-spangled banner-type display. At the top of the stem is a myriad of tiny flowers colored in a watercolor-like light purple. They also bloom in most other colors of the spectrum. The plant is blooming in yellow, orange, green, and pink. These plants develop a seed pod that dries to propagate themselves, then n splits open to spread hundreds of seeds in the fall.    Depending on the type of Milkweed, it can grow from 2-5 feet in height.  Milkweed plants attract pollinating insects such as bees, hummingbirds, and monarch butterflies. Monarch butterflies love this plant because it is their primary food source, and it also plants provides a perfect place for the female to lay her eggs, mainly on the underside of the leaves.    They like from 6 to 8 hours of sunshine. A good place in the garden is where they are protected from the wind so that you can control the spread of the seeds. This helps prevent the plant from taking over your garden. This also provides a haven for the Monarchs.  Most Milkweed plants do well in just about any soil. Plant them in a well-cultivated flowerbed that has been worked to a fine mix. Add the recommended amount of fertilizer for an average soil mix. Genuine special care for the soil is needed. Sow the seeds and tamp the soil. Water the flower bed and wait.    In landscaping, they are used extensively in front of gateways to different housing sub-divisions and other properties. If you have any questions about our Milkweed plants for sale, please contact us!

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