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Old 06-29-2011, 03:08 PM   #21
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Old 06-30-2011, 07:25 PM   #22
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I too am fascinated with the whole Milkweed Community. I have a t-shirt that I wear after I teach a lesson about this topic. I make sure I wear it several days after the lesson to see what kids were really paying attention! The best is when we go back to the milkweed patch and they start to find all the critters they learned about.


Also, I use a fantastic book called: Monarchs, Milkweed and More. I highly recommend it for any of us 'bug nerds' on here!
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I too am fascinated with the whole Milkweed Community. I have a t-shirt that I wear after I teach a lesson about this topic. I make sure I wear it several days after the lesson to see what kids were really paying attention! The best is when we go back to the milkweed patch and they start to find all the critters they learned about.
Very cool.

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Old 06-30-2011, 07:34 PM   #24
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Hi yourself! Glad to be back. Haven't really rested since school was out last week. Still tired--slept all afternoon today!
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:04 PM   #25
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I too am fascinated with the whole Milkweed Community. I have a t-shirt that I wear after I teach a lesson about this topic. I make sure I wear it several days after the lesson to see what kids were really paying attention! The best is when we go back to the milkweed patch and they start to find all the critters they learned about.


Also, I use a fantastic book called: Monarchs, Milkweed and More. I highly recommend it for any of us 'bug nerds' on here!
I will order this now.

Bridget, do you have purple milkweed (Asclepias purpurascens) growing on your property? If so, when it is young does it look like common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). I have purchased three milkweed that said purple milkweed, but then, when I got home, I found common milkweed tags deep in the soil. They are seedlings, and the only comment I can make on them is that the color of the leaves is a deeper green that what I'm accustomed to with common milkweed that I've had in the past.
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Read more here if you wanna know what I mean: http://www.wildlifegardeners.org/for...post93110.html
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We took a 400 mile trip today and having noticed your discussion upon my return....
I uploaded a few photos of them for you I had taken in our journey so you can hopefully see that their leaf system is NOT the same.
Milkweed Microcosm-dscf7529.jpg
By the looks of these I'd say they are not as soft, blue and powdery looking
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and not as wide as the leaf of an ordinary milkweed.
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(Ordinary Milkweed) For comparison
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:29 PM   #28
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Also, I use a fantastic book called: Monarchs, Milkweed and More. I highly recommend it for any of us 'bug nerds' on here!
The lead author, Ba Rea, is a local artist here in Monroe County, WV - I saw her today at our farm market.
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I uploaded a few photos of them for you I had taken in our journey so you can hopefully see that their leaf system is NOT the same.
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By the looks of these I'd say they are not as blue and not as wide of a leaf as an ordinary milkweed.
Mine are only seedlings, the leaves look thicker, somehow. They also look greener in a dark sort of way. They are far from having flowers yet. Today I fertilized it with a fish and seaweed emulsion fertilizer. I guess I'm trying to rush it.
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The purple milkweed also lack the fuzz-fur on their stems.
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