Southwestern Deserts

February, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Butterfly Plants
Come learn about the many varieties of milkweed available as host plants for monarch and queen butterflies. Also learn how to create a Monarch Waystation and butterfly garden. The Southwest Monarch Study is sponsoring an event at Desert Survivor's Plant Nursery in Tucson. Nursery manager Jim Verrier will lead a tour and provide information on other butterfly host and nectar plants as well. All are welcome to meet at the Nursery on Saturday, March 3 at 9:30 a.m. There is no fee. Butterfly plants will be available for sale. For questions, email swmonarchs@yahoo.com. For directions to the nursery, go to http://www.desertsurvivors.org/index.html. For information on Monarch Waystations, go to http://www.monarchwatch.org/waystations/.

Favorite or New Plant

'Silky Gold' Milkweed
The 'Silky Gold' hybrid milkweed, with yellow-gold flowers, tolerates cold weather better than the species, Asclepias curassivica, which has mixed orange, red, and yellow flowers. However, 'Silky Gold' is more stressed by summer heat than the species. Try planting some of each to see if one performs better in your particular microclimate. Monarch butterflies love them both as host plants. Both have extended bloom seasons, adding vivid color to butterfly gardens. They grow about 3-4 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide. Plant where they receive protection from intense afternoon summer sun.

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