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Butterfly weed seeds home depot

Milkweed can be purchased from these local sources:

Wolf Hill

GMG Readers, Wednesday I am planning to check to see if our local Home Depots are also selling milkweeds with pesticide. I don’t purchase plants from Home Depot as they are generally of a much poorer quality, however I have in a pinch.

I contacted the LSU Ag Agent for New Orleans, Dr Joe Willis. He said the Neonicotinoids will dilute as the plants grow but that only a very small amount will kill the larva of the Monarch. He is contacting the Master Gardeners of the area. I contacted the newsletters of garden clubs to ask that they send a notice to members. I contacted a local GOA club and the president said she would inform her members. I contacted our LGCF President and our Environmental School Chairman with the information.
We need a notice to Home Depot from a national source.

I contacted the Monarch Watch organization www.MonarchWatch.org/waystations at the University of Kansas (1200 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045) .
It needs to be sent soon as these plants are being sold now to well meaning people who are wanting to help the Monarch and not kill them. I hate to think of the billions of plants being sold nationwide and how that will cancel the efforts of so many to stop the demise of the Monarch. Could you please help?

Cedar Rock Gardens

Garden Club member Mary Writes, I purchased a Milkweed plant from Home Depot near my home and it wasn’t until I got home that I noticed the little information stick hidden behind the identification information that the plant had been treated with systemic Neonicotinoids. The container boasted how desirable the plant is for birds and butterflies. Yesterday I went to a different Home Depot and they had just put out an entire rolling cart of these plants, maybe about 100, all poisoned. I contacted the store manager and told him that it is the same as giving poison candy to kids on Halloween. This is THE host plant for the Monarch. My club, Shady Oaks and our junior club, Little Shadows have worked so hard to establish a Monarch Waystation and to educate people on the decline of the Monarch. I hate to think of the millions of poison Milkweed being distributed nationwide by Home Depot.

The container says distributed by Home Depot, 2455 Paces Ferry Rd N. W., Atlanta , Georgia.

Monarchs will happily lay their eggs on tropical milkweed and their hungry caterpillars will strip it clean. But butterfly experts say the tropical variety is confusing the insects and possibly doing more harm than good.

“Natives are adapted to our climate and soil,” said Jaret Daniels, associated curator. “But until recently there hasn’t been much demand, so the nursery trade is having to catch up.”

Florida is home to 22 types of native milkweeds – the plant everyone wants to buy to help save the monarch butterfly – but good luck finding them in local stores.

Butterfly weed seeds home depot

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Comments

Hi Claudia, tropical milkweed is more prone to collecting OE spores in continuous growing regions like Florida and southern California. In other regions it a valuable tool for supporting monarchs in addition to native milkweed. Here’s more info:

Hi Kathryn, are you sure you’re actually buying Asclepias tuberosa? Some nurseries use butterfly weed to label tropical milkweed plants…Asclepias curassavica is only a perennial to zone 8 and up.