Milkweed - Asclepias
Creating the perfect flower bed is not only a hobby but an art. Asclepias or milkweed is a flower that can be an exotic house plant to produce the masterpiece of a flower bed. Its natural resilience and beautiful flowers make it ideal for nearly any environment. The flowers are some of the most complexes and are very similar to orchids, but are more resistant to disease and extreme conditions. The colors can range from a dazzling white to a brilliant violet and nearly everything in between. Milkweed not only looks pretty, but also is enjoyed by bees, butterflies, and other insects that enjoy a little bit of delicious nectar. Milkweed is, in fact, a key ingredient in increasing the monarch population because it is the only thing that the caterpillars can eat. Not all insects enjoy them, however. Milkweed has a natural defense against invasive caterpillars. Like wireworms, These beautiful flowers help to bring in impressive natural insects while helping to combat the invasive insects and wireworms.
This flower can go well in a variety of planting situations. With the beautiful flowers, the type of species, and fast growing speed, milkweed is a useful means of colorfully filling any open space. It is a free-standing flower, so it fits best in public areas and pairs well with other herbs, mosses and other low to ground plants.
Wild animals do not enjoy eating it, so it is relatively safe from deer and other animals. It is naturally occurring so it is good for nature and is also good looking. It is very possible that the same species that would be planted in your flower bed would be naturally present in your backyard. With so many benefits of milkweed makes in a necessity of nearly any gardening or planting project your heart desires.
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