Tag Archives: Asclepias tuberosa

PERENNIAL: Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly-weed)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Butterfly Weed is one of the showiest native wildflowers. Summer waves of orange blossoms brighten open fields, woods, and waysides. Later, spindle-shaped seed pods pierce the air in shades of green, yellow, brown. When pods split open, the seeds’ silky threads glisten in the sun. Continue reading

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’Tis The Time of Year . . .

‘Tis the time of year . . . to look back and to look forward. To celebrate seasons past and those to come. A time when days grow shorter, and the nights grow longer. A time to remember the beauty of fall, drop into the mystery of winter, anticipate the magic of spring and imagine the surprises of summer. Continue reading

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Milkweed Pods, Bugs and Monarchs

Watch this video–listen carefully for a munching sound–and see what you are missing if you don’t grow milkweed. Continue reading

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For the Birds, Butterflies, and Hummingbirds

Creating Inviting Habitats – this Virginia Cooperative Extension publication examines the habitat requirements for butterflies and birds common to our local area. In fact, most of the plants and wildlife were photographed in Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax, Virginia. Creating Inviting Habitats is especially relevant during National Pollinator Week — June 18–24 — as well as in the 100th year of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Continue reading

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