Tag Archives: Asclepias tuberosa

Word of the Week: Follicle

If you grow milkweed to attract monarch butterflies to your garden, then you know that they also attract milkweed bugs. You often find these bright red and black insects massed on the milkweed “pods” trying to gain access to the seeds within. But, do you know that the fruit of the milkweed is not actually a pod but rather a follicle? Continue reading

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Word of the Week – Anther

This extra Word of the Week, anther, wraps up our celebration of Pollinator Week 2021. Watch three brief videos featuring a wasp brushing against the anthers of Monarda punctata as it searches for nectar; two bees collecting pollen from the poricidal anthers of azalea; and a butterfly searching for nectar on an azalea. Which of these are actually pollinators? Continue reading

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Great Backyard Bird Count February 12–15

Learn how you can participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count–all you have to do is watch birds for at least 15 minutes, at least once, from February 12 through February 15, 2021…Also, learn how to improve the habitat on your own property to make it more inviting for birds and butterflies. Continue reading

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High-Rise Gardening: Nine Native Perennials to Brighten Your Balcony

Soaring above the horizon of Arlington County are thousands of high-rise apartments with balconies that can easily be transformed with Northern Virginia native plants into beautiful little gardens in the sky. Continue reading

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