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Image: Monarch Butterflies nectaring on Swamp Milkweed. Photo by Peg Urban
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Native Milkweed is important to the success of the Monarch Butterfly


As summer weather winds down, conservationists are keeping an eye on the annual monarch migration. And many local gardeners are trying to do everything they can to support the black-and-orange butterflies on their journey south – but they might be loving them to death. Pollinator gardens help monarchs by providing them with their preferred food, milkweed. There are dozens of varieties of milkweed. Tropical milkweed lives in Florida year-round, which is cool if you just want to see butterflies in your yard all year. But if you want to help rebuild the declining population, you need to plant the right kind of milkweed – a native variety that dies back in the fall. If monarchs stay here all winter stuffing …
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