The Suzuki Foundation has focused on habitat for the monarch butterfly. The monarch has not made it as far north as Powell River but with our changing weather pattern it may happen. Although the foundation puts an emphasis on milkweed their suggestions are applicable to all pollinator friendly plants.They are asking people to take the following pledge:
- GROW milkweed and other native wildflowers in my yard and/or on my balcony
- REPORT monarch butterfly sightings in my community using #monarchwatch
- AVOID using pesticides or herbicides in my yard or garden
- CONTACT at least one school, faith group, business or other institution in my neighbourhood about planting a butterfly garden
- CALL local garden centres and nurseries to ask them to order native milkweed plants for next spring
Showy Milkweed is the species native to BC. It has invasive tendencies. Westcoast Seeds suggests and sells A. tuberosa whch is native to and non invasive in Eastern Canada. Note-all Asclepia have toxic properties and can be fatal to grazing animals In general mammals will only eat milkweed if nothing else is available but keep your chickens away from it.
|Orange milkweed A. tuberosa|