As we announced in the April Newsletter, the Milkweed Sale is on again this year!
We’ve talked to the nursery, and the milkweed and other native pollinator plants are expected to ship so that it all will arrive in time for Mother’s Day!
The Milkweed, Phlox, Aster, and Rudbeckia are scheduled to ship the week of May 7th, so it should be available to purchase on or about Friday, May 11. Stay tuned to Facebook and our website for up-to-date information.
The plants are all native to North Carolina and will be 1″ landscape plugs. We are not going to re-pot them this year to cut down on the amount of handling that they get.
The cost will be $5 per plant, and to ensure the plants will have the largest impact possible for butterflies and other wildlife around the state, we will again be donating the proceeds from the Milkweed Sale to the North Carolina Wildlife Federation where they will put that money to work preserving and restoring butterfly and other wildlife habitat across the state as part of their Butterfly Highway program.
Milkweed is crucial to the survival of the monarch. There is no better illustration of the dependency of one species on another than the relationship of the monarch to the milkweed. The female monarch will only lay its eggs on milkweed plants because that is the only plant the monarch caterpillars will eat. The sap in the milkweed makes the caterpillar toxic which keeps them from being eaten by predators, so they have evolved to eat only milkweed, ironically, as a way to ensure their survival.
Bird House on the Greenway and Wildology will be selling the milkweed. We will have the milkweed species, Asclepias tuberosa, or Butterfly Weed. This is an easy perennial to grow that will make a big impact for the monarch, year after year. We will also have phlox, black-eyed susan, and aster for sale. All plants have been grown with no pesticides or neonicotinoids so they will be bee and butterfly-friendly.
So, as you are making plans of what to plant in your garden this spring, save some space for milkweed and be a part the team to help save the beautiful monarch butterfly!
About the author: Bird House on the Greenway on Rea Road and Wildology at Waverly are owned and operated by Carol Buie-Jackson and Jay Jackson. Both have been avid birders and wildlife enthusiasts for more than 30 years and are more than willing to share what they know about the local birding community. You can contact Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org.