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Butterfly Flower Plant 2

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I have two questions. I don’t know whether they have been talked about here or not. #1. My daughter (lives in SE Wisconsin) sent me seeds from her milkweed (I live in SW Missouri). I planted them and put the pots in the garden to winter over as you suggested.) I got 13 which came up. Since then, I’ve transplanted them in my NEW butterfly garden and they are doing great. Unfortunately, I don’t know the species. My question is – will they bloom the first year? Do they multiply from seed or from root systems or both? #2. I saw my first Monarch migration in many years last fall (most likely due to the butterfly bush I had planted). I have 5 this year. How do the butterflies (caterpillars) know where to find the milkweed? By sight, smell? I have the milkweeds scattered through the garden in groups of 2-3 in a bunch. I can’t remember the last time I saw milkweed here. What do the Monarch butterfly eggs look like? The butterfly garden we did this year is 4′ x 32″. I have 5 butterfly bushes, Monarda, Gailardia, Asters, Phlox, Echinacea, Liatris, Coreopsis, Scabiosa, lillies, lavender, parsley, chives, pineapple sage, sedum, verbena, marigolds, button flower, Pentas, lantana and a geranium. Next year I hope to add Joe Pye weed. Should I add more types of milkweed that would do well for this area? Oops, I think that was more than a couple of questions. I guess I should get to reading more – but sometimes all the info just seems overwhelming. I did see a lone Monarch flying around the front yard yesterday. The butterfly garden is in the BACK yard! Thanks for any help you can give this “old, senior citizen”!

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