OUR HABITAT RESTORATION
JERSEY'S PLANT PICK : PURPLE MILKWEED
Purple Milkweed -Asclepias purpurascens. Has a similar appearance to Common Milkweed. However, the plants are smaller and the flowers are a darker color than the lighter colored Common Milkweed. This can also be a finicky species. While we have nearly a hundred plants in one garden, it does not produce a lot of pods and therefore seed collecting is minimal.What was three seedlings, matured and spread by roots, however they are no aggressive like Common Milkweed.
Our plants grow mixed in a very thick perennial bed created for Butterflies. Sprouting among Iris, Salvia, Rudbeckia, Coneflowers, Monarda and others. As noted, it gets sun until early afternoon and then shade in the heat of the day. This seems to make them happy as they have reproduced rapidly over the last three years. We have added zero amendments to the soil. However, the bed is on a slope so there is no standing water at any time.
If you can get this to grow in your garden, it is an amazing milkweed species!
THE NATIVES ENJOY COMPANY
It's a great big world out there. While we love to save and grow natives, we also include any plants that benefit our wild friends. And there is so much to collect. Salvias from South America, Primroses from Europe, Impatiens from Tibet, and on and on.
While we want everyone to enjoy the world of plants, one needs to keep in mind that there are plants out there that can escape the garden. Invasives wreak havoc upon our woodlands, meadows and waterways. Plant wisely.
Our gardens abound with natives and non natives alike. We constantly search the internet and local nurseries for new plants to add to the gardens that can be host plants or pollinator friendly. Like we said it is a great big world out there, bring a little home. Learn more............