As gardeners, we are aware of skin irritations due to contact from plants such as, Poisonwood (Metopium toxiferum), and Manchineel (Hippomane mancinella), found right in our Florida Keys backyards. But, the eyes, the eyes! Corneal Endothelial Toxicity, a toxicity… Read More
Aphids are a very common garden pest. They feed by piercing leaves and sucking out the juices. This can cause leaves to crinkle and curl, especially on new flushes of growth. Aphids excrete a fluid that contains… Read More
Monarch butterflies are distinctive, beautiful and wildly popular with butterfly gardeners. Their host plants include species of the milkweed (Asclepias) genus. In recent years, a disease that affects the Monarch has become more known as problematic for the… Read More
By David Austin with co-author Master Gardener, Lesa Morey. Milkweed is food for butterflies Milkweed is a plant best known as a specific host plant sought out by certain butterflies; notably the well-known Monarch Butterfly and lesser considered… Read More
When it comes to weeds in the garden, I can’t think of one more beloved by gardeners than the milkweeds and for good reason. With their beautiful flowers and importance to butterflies, it’s easy to see why they… Read More
My milkweed is often overrun by aphids. Does milkweed in the wild have the same problems and how, possibly, is it naturally controlled?
First off, thank you for giving me the opportunity to inform people about the correct thing to do with their milkweed in the fall. Right now, we should cut the milkweed down as we need to encourage the… Read More