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Save the monarch - Plant milkweed!!
by Bob Hartzler

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February 4, 2002 -  While reading the gardening section of the Des Moines Register yesterday my attention was grabbed by a picture of a monarch with the caption 'Save the Monarch'.  The short piece described where people could purchase milkweed seed to plant as a resource for monarchs.   Somewhat surprisingly, they did not specify what species of milkweed you would be purchasing.  However, I suspect the plant they are selling isn't common milkweed or honeyvine milkweed - the two milkweed species found in Iowa that have weedy characteristics.   Regardless, the article ties in nicely with the survey I have been involved with looking at the distribution of common milkweed in Iowa.

 

 Prepared by Bob Hartzler, extension weed management specialist, Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University

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