Last year at Tohono Chul, you sold us a clump of four hedgehogs which bloomed this year and seem to be doing very well. The most popular bloom color is orange but it does vary. Do you have any idea when you might be back in Tucson? A couple of years back some abutilon palmeri infiltrated our Mohave garden. And four feet to the other side is the Joshua tree we got from you about the same time as the yucca. Eventually the asclepias breaks through and grows taller than the sage. Monarch caterpillar on a Milkweed plant. Perhaps I should manually pollinate them like a giant bumblebee to help them out. Sahara Mustards: Why I Weed The Desert, And Why You Should Help Me. I do have a few questions, if I might ask. Tips For Milkweed Seedlings. Enjoy your day and week and year, however long it may be. Once it gets tall enough each spring, I pull it into the sage (it tries to go around!) I will focus mainly on well-known plants that have seed available, are known to be used by Monarchs and are garden friendly (with a few exceptions that I will point out in the descriptions below). The long-lived perennial roots dive deep into sandy soil, frequently near a wash channel, and are thickened and rather fleshy to help store water and support the plant’s growth in dry periods. Asclepias albicans is a species of milkweed known by the common names whitestem milkweed and wax milkweed. Tough survivor! 2. Stratification is when a seed is moistened, chilled or frozen and thawed, breaking down germination inhibitors on the seed coat, such as waxes, hormones, oils or heavy coats. It’s simply not as reliable as the monsoon of the Sonoran Desert, and can’t be counted on every year. It’s not ideal obviously, but tenable. Buy the selected items together. What happened was that flooding caused by a dam breach at my water harvesting basins upstream carved a new channel right across where this plant was growing, eroding away soil and exposing the root system. Leaves 2 inches long by 1/8-inch-wide appear on new growth but soon drop. Asclepias nyctaginifolia is a species of milkweed known by the common name Mojave milkweed. Pods can be gently opened along the seam, exposing the seeds at one end. I highly doubt that some seedling germinated here after the road was installed, given their longevity and paucity of seed production or general abundance. Spermatophyta – Seed plants Division: Magnoliophyta ... Order: Gentianales Family: Asclepiadaceae – Milkweed family Genus: Asclepias L. – milkweed Species: Asclepias nyctaginifolia A. Mojave milkweed (Asclepias nyctaginifolia) with the signature plant of the Mojave desert, the Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia), growing in the background. While awareness is rising around the… Milkweed seeds do need a period of cold-treatment in order to germinate well, so if you live in a warm climate, cold-treat your seeds inside. And another year passes without seed dispersal. I used to have three plants on my 40 acres as I said, and no others within a quarter mile or more. The species name refers to the superficial similarity of the leaves to members of the four o-clock family, Nyctaginaceae. It is native to the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts of California, Arizona, and Baja California. Do they belong there? Before planting, Milkweed seeds need to go through a period of cold stratification. Our selection of milkweed seeds is untreated and open-pollinated. Three species have particularly wide ranges and are good choices in most regions: common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), swamp milkweed (A. incarnata), and butterflyweed (A. tuberosa). I don’t know anything about the range of Abutilon palmeri. Asclepias nyctaginifolia is a species of milkweed known by the common name Mojave milkweed. I don’t know why. There are usually some specialized bees or flies that take care of it, although there are also generalist ones too that are more easily pollinated by everything wearing black and yellow that may fly past. Look at the floral structure – sensuous. and use the sage to prop it up. The fruit is a large follicle up to 9 centimeters long. Which is better than zero, but not much. Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on just one type of plant, and that’s milkweed (genus Asclepias). Mojave milkweed, Asclepias nyctaginifolia. Mojave Milkweed. And what about the Mohave yucca? Milkweeds are famous for being the larval host plant of the orange and black monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) We actually have relatively few monarchs here in the desert southwest, but the closely related, browner queen butterfly (Danaus gilippus) is quite common albeit nowhere near as well known. SKU #: P9008. Before growing milkweed, find out the best varieties for your area, ensuring they are non-invasive. If you want to start the plants indoors, place seeds between moist paper towels inside a sealed plastic bag or plant the seeds directly into peat pots covered with a sealed plastic bag. This is a perennial herb growing up to about half a meter in maximum height when erect, but often bending or drooping. $8.00 Showy milkweed, Asclepias speciosa seeds. Mojave milkweed is a short herbaceous perennial usually under a foot tall (30 cm) and it can remain dormant for more than a year if rainfall is inadequate to inspire activity. There are over 100 species of milkweeds in North America and not all of them are used by Monarchs. Exposed cable-like roots of A. nyctaginifolia after a flood and erosion event in 2014. The Mojave milkweed spends most of its time dormant underground, and just as long as it has a couple of undisturbed months above ground to photosynthesize food, flower, and set seeds, this condition of surviving on the edge of a periodically graded roadside as seen above can continue indefinitely. When in bloom, however, any foliar similarities evaporate like desert rains, since the plant is clearly a milkweed (Asclepiadaceae, now usually considered Apocynaceae) with the characteristic 5-lobed flowers with two ranks of floral parts arranged in spurs and petals. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. 1. Like all milkweeds, the sap is white latex. Roll the seeds in a damp paper towel, or place them in moist peat moss, and then put them in a plastic bag. With your forefingers firmly pinch the fluff that extends opposite from the seed. Will survive winters and a prolific seed producer. Saved by j. julian'diaz. Southwest Environmental Information Network, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Asclepias_nyctaginifolia&oldid=823251518, Articles with dead external links from April 2013, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 31 January 2018, at 03:34. Milkweed seed planted in fall is naturally stratified. Cold-stratified Milkweed seeds should germinate and sprout within 10-15 days after planting. Here are a couple of tricks to ensure that your seeds are mature and viable. Milkweed seeds are available for purchase year round, but you’ll find more plants for sale during the spring and summer months. The Joshua is now about 6 1/2 feet tall. Chill in a refrigerator at least 30 days. This plant first sprouted in the middle of August 2014, about 6 weeks ago, and the flowers are fully open now in late September. 3. The photos also serve as a memorial of sorts, because now it’s gone. This plant has no children Legal Status. 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