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capeanner

Thanks again. My neighbor here in FL gave me a milkweed seedling which survived to be a small plant. It gets eaten way back then almost immediately leaves appear, but it doesn't get a chance to grow very large. I have seen them as a good sized plant in one nursery. May go back to buy one.

It seems there are many plants called milkweed. These have orange/red flowers on them. What I always thought of as milkweed were the sort of ugly ones with the pod that the silky stuff comes out of. I see on the internet these also have flowers. Guess I never noticed. It's not overly attractive, but I'll try them if I can find them when I get back north.

My yard there gets plenty (too much?) sun on the south side. That is where I have the most problems with some flowers not making it. Maybe the soil it too acidic. As I said, other plants thrive. All shade plants do fine.

I sometimes have cosmos and love zinnias, but zinnias have gotten moldy leaves. Sigh. Am trying to get away from annuals (less work). Will have a raised bed for edible plants for the first time. So maybe I will stick to food for me, the bees and the butterflies, looks be damned!

   
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minervasolutions
I agree with the comment about Red Maple being toxic to horses. It is dangerous when the leaves are wilted, such as when a limb falls during a storm. Otherwise, I believe, it is OK.
   
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tuben

I love my native plants, but I want to add that there can be many failures to growing some of them. I have lost just about every New Jersey Tea I have planted. But I found out why, sometimes what we think is native soil really isn't any more. Most of us live on developed land. That means that most of what made it good soil for native plants just isn't there anymore. Also colonization has changed the land as well, chopping down native forest and changing water sources in order to farm the land. The land has been amended to accommodate those crops. So if you are going to plant native plants keep that in mind. When you pick the natives you like try to always plant similar soil type plants together. Check the PH needed to grow those plants and make sure your soil is going to be compatible with those plants. You may have to do some amending and may have to keep doing so to balance your plants new home. Our back yards aren't native habitats but they can be if you work the land a bit to bring back the natural ecosystem.

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