Giant Milkweed has purple flowers that look like they're made of wax. It
grows like a bush. I'm not sure how tall they get, because I can't seem
to keep one alive, but I absolutely love this beautiful plant anyway.
The purple flowers grow in clusters and are about the size of ping-pong
balls. The leaves are huge, larger than your hand. Here's a photograph
of a small Giant Milkweed plant growing with some grass in the
background to give you some perspective with which to judge their size.
Plants tend to house little guests. Each plant seems to have its pest,
but the pest of this Giant Milkweed is BUTTERFLIES
When you notice that something is eating your plant, look a little
closer, turn over a leaf, and see what you find. This wild looking
black, white and yellow creature is a
Another way to find your caterpillars is to look for their frass. See
these little dots on the leaf? Yup - bug poop. The little dots
help you find little caterpillars. Oh, look at what flew over while I
was looking for frass:
That thing that looks like a misplaced thorn on the leaf is a
. I was holding the leaf when the treehopper hopped away and
it felt like it was spring loaded.
Here are the indicators of a big
Ok, enough with the fertilizer. It's probably good for your garden -
yeah, think of it that way. Speaking of good for the garden, this
was wandering around on the Giant milkweed too.
It's Milkweed. Milkweed gets Milkweed Beetles
; that's why we call them
that. Bugs aside, this Milkweed plant has some fantastic flowers and
it's a butterfly host plant
; I like it.