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Old 06-10-2019, 10:42 AM   #1
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Talking Dogbane: Rodney Dangerfield Plant

Dogbane gets no respect! You never see it in any shiny native plant books or catalogs, and you'll certainly never see it in a nursery. It has such a high wildlife value, though.
I'd really like to get some going in my yard. I tried wild gathered seeds a few years ago, but failed. This year I may try some root cuttings.
Can you guys think of other Rodney Dangerfield natives?
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Old 06-10-2019, 01:21 PM   #2
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Dogbane is a host for my favorite caterpillar, milkweed tiger, and my favorite beetle, dogbane beetle.

One gorgeous beetle: Dogbane leaf beetle, <i>Chrysochus auratus</i> &mdash; Bug of the Week
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Old 06-11-2019, 07:38 PM   #3
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Great thread idea.

I actually tried growing dogbane from seed once or twice, too. no luck. Hmm...

I may have to try again...but I should read up on sowing requirements this time.

I particularly like the one that has larger (yet still small) flowers.
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Old 06-12-2019, 03:52 PM   #4
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Rodney Dangerfield plants... I like it!


I'd put fleabane (Erigeron) and jewelweed on that list. Although they are sometimes admired, I've never yet seen these for sale.
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Old 06-12-2019, 04:39 PM   #5
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I have 3 that I think Rodney could relate to.

Pasture Thistle (Cirsium discolor):
https://www.prairiemoon.com/cirsium-...n-nursery.html

Wood Betony (Pedicularis canadensis):
https://www.prairiemoon.com/pedicula...n-nursery.html

Early Figwort (Scrophularia lanceolata):
https://www.prairiemoon.com/scrophul...n-nursery.html

All three are great pollinator plants, but I see very few accolades thrown their way.
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Old 06-13-2019, 02:08 PM   #6
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Rodney Dangerfield plants... I like it!


I'd put fleabane (Erigeron) and jewelweed on that list. Although they are sometimes admired, I've never yet seen these for sale.
I agree.

I just saw someone aking about fleabane on a Facebook group. A lot of support for keeping it (I'd have to go back to see if it is a native plant group, pollinator group, or a homesteading group.)...I was just happy to see so much support for it.

Over the years, it has endeared itself to me.
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I have 3 that I think Rodney could relate to.

Pasture Thistle (Cirsium discolor):
https://www.prairiemoon.com/cirsium-...n-nursery.html

Wood Betony (Pedicularis canadensis):
https://www.prairiemoon.com/pedicula...n-nursery.html

Early Figwort (Scrophularia lanceolata):
https://www.prairiemoon.com/scrophul...n-nursery.html

All three are great pollinator plants, but I see very few accolades thrown their way.
I just learned of figwort a few years ago...from a native plant nursery owner. He sold me--or maybe even gave me several of them.

They did well fir a few years,but now a disease or pest seems to be killing it off. I am wondering if I should move it to where it gets more sun...see if that helps. (What I have now came up from seed...unless they send out runners?)
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Old 06-14-2019, 12:04 PM   #8
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This is my first year with the early figwort. They germinated nicely from seed, I'll be putting the seedlings into the soil soon. I'm anxious to see if the pollinators get as excited about the flowers as some say they do.

They don't seem to need a lot of sun, both the early and late figwort are reported to do well in shade or semi-shade.
https://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/woodland/plants/late_figwort.htm
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