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I tried to rotate the pic to the correct position, and the photo editing program showed the correction, which I duly saved, so I have no idea why the rotated picture is not shown here.


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The question as to whether deer eat milkweed made me wonder, so I did a little browsing. It doesn't seem to be a preferred food for them, but it is said that "a hungry deer will try anything, once." Now, for a little more info on milkweeds and some amusement as well, check out this blog:


Thanks, oregal.
Poor Mother Nature has suffered grievously, and perhaps irreversibly. We all need to pitch in to slow or stop the degradation of the planet. Our (or our descendants') lives do indeed depend on it.

Dear Plumpossum - I have no helpful hints except to read what you can on the internet and plant a variety that likes your area and weather. I live in central Oregon, outside of Eugene, and so it rains a lot and we do have freezing nights in the winter. I'm hoping the deer don't eat them, but I think the thick white sap might deter them. Good luck!! We all have to try and balance out the damage done to poor Mother Nature.




Oh boy, that's great! I'd keep the nonstarters moist. You never know, they just might sprout. I'm glad you're saving it for the monarch butterflies. Those caterpillars will gobble it up faster than you can imagine. Keep on growin'. :-)


Yes, Laura. For the monarch butterflies, which are on the road to extinction if they are not helped.

Thanks, oregal! If you have any helpful hints about growing milkweed, I'd love to hear them.

Congratulations on your fine efforts! You will be rewarded by beautiful flowers with an almost exotic aroma. I planted both common milkweed and fancy pink milkweed last year in big pots on my deck. They both wintered over outside and came back strong this Spring. I'm now planting them both into the ground, hoping they will spread and flourish. I was able to gather seed pods from the fancy pink and share with friends. It helps to grow varieties that are native to your area. I really do love this plant.


Are you growing these for the butterflies and hummingbirds, Possum?


Thanks, Andy!


Keeping my fingers crossed for the baby milkweeds AND the monarch butterflies. Good job, Plum!!


Pat, I think the slow starters are actually non-starters. Tsk.

Thanks, JMC. I think I'll let the monarchs have it all. I'm not a fan of green leafies, but try to work some into my diet by dehydrating them, pounding them almost to a powder, and sprinkling them on other food.

Andy, I think I'll put them in bigger pots to grow for a while before planting outdoors. I can bring the pots into the garage when a Santa Ana strikes. Might try planting a few outdoors to see how they weather the wind and other hazards.


Looks like a great start, for sure. Are you going to transplant them to larger pots to help them grow further or are they headed from here into the ground?

Milkweeds contain a mild toxin that Monarchs tolerate, but make them unpalatable to many of theri predators, like blue jays. As far as being edible, "The Peterson's Guide has multiple edible uses for Milkweed. The milky juice and the leaves are "bitter and mildly toxic," but boiling can rid the plant of both of those problems. The boiled young shoots, leaves, unopened flower buds, flowers, and young pods are said to be good as asparagus, cooked greens, cooked vegetables, and fritters.
The only way to eat Milkweed is as a young shoot (under 15 cm), but the young shoot could be confused with dogbanes and Butterfly-weed, which are both poisonous! TO DIFFERENTIATE: (a) Young Milkweed Shoots are fuzzy and the broken stems have a milky substance. (b) Dogbanes are hairless. (c) Butterfly-weed has no milky sap."


Yes you can eat it, but you must cook it first.
Common Milkweed (Asclepias Syriaca) is a really delicious and nutritious plant, when properly cooked.
Here is a how to video.


They're coming along! And you have a few more slow starters too.


dustydog, my thumb is pretty brown, so I'm delighted that I've this much success. I just planted the seeds in ordinary K-Mart potting soil, and kept them from drying out. The seeds are not expensive, so you could have some fun cultivating them. See my previous comment for more info.


Thank you, for the info! it would be wonderful, to find a cocoon on a milkweed plant!


If you are a monarch butterfly, this milkweed is not only edible, but is crucial to its survival. Whether or not it is OK for humans to eat, I have no idea. I'm trying to help in the effort to avoid the extinction of the monarch, which is suffering loss of habitat and other threats to its survival. You can find more info, and buy seeds at The Monarch Foundation, P.O. Box 1339, Blairsville, GA 30514, which is where my seeds came from.


Aha! I see a lot of Monarchs visiting your area! Good work! How do you start them? Do you think I could grow some in a planter? Info, please?

What is milkweed? Is it edible?