Milkweed!

HNPAT’s prairie plant grower Mark Morgenstern, has been busy marking Aquatic Milkweed, Asclepias perennis, colonies and wrapping the pods with cheese cloth, allowing him to gather the seeds more easily when the pods are ripe.  Mark will use the seeds he gathers to propagate another generation of milkweed for another generation of pollinators.  Perennis is the larval host to the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus), queen butterfly (Danaus gilippus) and soldier butterfly, (Danaus eresimus). It also attracts various pollinators including butterflies and bees.

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