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Old 06-09-2012, 06:22 PM   #21
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I took a shot of one of the American Lady caterpillars I have.
What is it feeding upon, Linda?? I've never seen one of those, to my knowledge.
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Old 06-09-2012, 07:48 PM   #22
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It's on Sweet Everlasting, Gnaphalium obtusifolium. Usually the caterpillars aren't here this time of year, but most everything is off kilter this year.
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It's on Sweet Everlasting, Gnaphalium obtusifolium. Usually the caterpillars aren't here this time of year, but most everything is off kilter this year.
Thanks, surprisingly, it is native here also. I might get some - is it worth seeking out?
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Old 06-10-2012, 02:37 AM   #24
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Wonderful photos linrose and Linda.
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Jack, I have enjoyed having it here on my property. I haven't yet tried it in my garden beds, but will someday. It's a host plant and drought-tolerant, fragrant and tolerates soils that many plants wouldn't. I doubt that anyone could find any plants in a native nursery, but seeds are available...I know that Prairie Moon Nursery carries seeds, for one example. Here's what it looks like when blooming. Some of the Native American tribes used it for herbal medicinal uses, strew dried plants about their lodges and also used in ceremonies. Many settlers that found their way to North American shores also learned some of its uses and it was much used until more modern times, when people lost touch with the knowledge of such plants their elders had...but is still valued among some people today.
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Old 06-10-2012, 12:58 PM   #26
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That's a gorgeous photo!!! I'd kill to see some of those on my property!!!
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:29 PM   #27
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Jack, I have enjoyed having it here on my property. I haven't yet tried it in my garden beds, but will someday. It's a host plant and drought-tolerant, fragrant and tolerates soils that many plants wouldn't. I doubt that anyone could find any plants in a native nursery, but seeds are available...I know that Prairie Moon Nursery carries seeds, for one example. Here's what it looks like when blooming. Some of the Native American tribes used it for herbal medicinal uses, strew dried plants about their lodges and also used in ceremonies. Many settlers that found their way to North American shores also learned some of its uses and it was much used until more modern times, when people lost touch with the knowledge of such plants their elders had...but is still valued among some people today.
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I will order some seed from Prairie Moon. I like the looks of that plant, and I like still more the idea of having a host plant for American Ladies! Thans for the detailed, and, I might add, beautiful information.
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