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UC Master Gardeners of Napa County weekly column
by Laurinda L Ochoa
on November 12, 2015 at 7:33 PM
Thank-you for this information, Teresa. I've been thinking of planting milkweed in our backyard and was looking at what varieties are available for seeding. I will definitely avoid 'Bright Wings'.
by Annie Kempees
on June 3, 2016 at 5:58 PM
Teresa, i am a mg in Sacrmento county and do alot of writing answers to questions for the Sacramento Bee, gardening section. At present i am doing research on obtaining information for someone who wants to grow milkweed. for sometime i've been in touch with the Xerces Society (for Invertebrate conservation) though in the past info has been very sketchy. this past week i have located a fabulous PDF they put out. i would like to share it with you and those who are looking for info and native CA seed sources. at the end of the article are seed sources; Hedgerow Farms, Winters, CA; 530-662 6847;  
S&S Seeds, Carpinteria, CA; 805-684 0436;  
Pacific Coast Seed, Livermore, CA; 925-373 4417;  
Sierra Seed Supply, Greenville, CA; 530-284 7926;  
i know a bit about using native milkweed as i have two small patches (Asclepias fascicularis and A. speciosa) in my front yard. i haven't done the nursery bit yet as there haven't been enough surviving c'pillars.
Reply by Yvonne Rasmussen
on June 6, 2016 at 11:04 AM
Thank you for the seed source information. There seems to be a recent big increase in the interested in California native milkweeds. the tropical plant can be cut back in the fall to prevent the issue of late monarch visits.
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