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Asclepias curassavica

MonarchsGrowing milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) from seeds. I started these back in 1993 and I still have the progeny growing today. This species of milkweed is non-native to North America but is probably the most convenient variety for rearing monarch butterflies because it grows year-round and is easy to cultivate. Curassavica will readily propagate from cuttings placed in water. Take cuttings with sturdy stems from a mature plant. Leave them in water about month until roots begin sprouting - then plant in soil. Seeds can be easily obtained from various butterfly farms found on the Internet. - Clark

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