Purple milkweed vines will attract butterflies to your garden

Purple milkweed vines will attract butterflies to your garden Purple milkweed vines will attract butterflies to your garden
Purple milkweed vines will attract butterflies to your garden: First of all purple milkweed plants frequently die back
early the first year. In addition, they do not do much at all the first year.

They will however, come back strong in mid spring of the next year. It is a wild flower and is not particularly showy.

So take care of the roots for the rest of the summer as if a plant was still there.
Apply occasional fertilizer if the other plants around them need it, and water if it gets too dry.

Furthermore,  the woody rootstock of this plant provides the point from which the vines grow outward.
From the rootstock the vines proceed, either along the ground or arching into the air.

The vines themselves grow to about two feet in length, and no more. Thus they do not make much of a fuss
for themselves.

It has been reported that all parts of the plant are poisonous, and that handling the vine can produce a form of contact dermatitis. Therefore use rubber gloves while handlimg this vine.

Purchase seeds from your local nursery,  or perhaps they may even stock small vines.
This vine bears brownish or maroon star shaped flowers which bloom through summer.
The seeds germinate easily.

This vine needs full sun. At least a direct sun for about 4 or more hours of the day.
It needs partly direct sun about half a day. It can grow in shade for about 4 hours of the day

It requires a soil moisture that must be medium to drained.

Soils are as follows:
Wet: Soil is soggy or marshy.
Moist: Soil tends to stay moist and rarely dries out.
Medium: Average soil moisture, little or now slope.
Drained: Soil is well drained, never soggy; medium slope.
Dry: Soil is dry, often typical of rocky soil; steep slope.

Purple milkweed is similar to common milkweed in flower color and leaf shape, but is more compact and
colorful and does not spread as much.

The vine is an ornamental flowering species with broadly oblong leaves.
The flowers provide essential food to monarh butterlfy caterpillars and other insects.

Finally,  in addition to being a host plant for the monarch butterfly, many other butterflies and bees will visit.
In conclusion, the uses of this vine are for pollinators, host plants, butterflies and hummingbirds.
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Purple milkweed vines will attract butterflies to your garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

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