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Frostweed: The Great Butterfly Attracter

Monarch butterfly on frostweed, fall native

Monarch butterfly on frostweed, fall native nectar source for many species of butterflies

Butterfly  attracter, frostweed

Butterfly attracter, frostweed



I wrote and re-wrote several paragraphs about the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly. When I clicked on spell check check, well the spell check had a “spell” and refused to stop checking as in the little toggle thing that spins around would not stop spinning. This went on for about 10 minutes and I finally gave up and somehow managed to get out of “checking” for spelling errors. However, when I got out of the THING, all of my hard work was erased but the photos remained. For that I am most grateful.

So, at the moment I am sick and tired of writing about the Monarch. I thought I would give a shot writing about this great native wildflower that grows so effortlessly in our yard. I can’t remember a time that Frostweed was not present here. It is a perennial that readily self seeds. It grows in full sun and partial shade. The plant really doesn’t require extra water but this past summer it was withering in some places so I gave the many plants a boost as I watered all of the Live Oak and other native trees and shrubs that I absolutely did not want to lose. My water bill for July and August was over $600 but I deemed these huge old trees as a priority to keep them from stressing and thus hopefully preventing a disease attack.       

 As I promised, I took a few photographs of the Frostweed.   This is an improvement- I think!!! In some areas of the yard it grows at least 6-7  feet tall. In spots where the plants did not receive as  much moisture, they grew to around 3, 4, and 5 tall.    

Later in the year, I’ll explain why this plant is called Frostweed. There will be photographs, for seeing is believing. We’ll need some freezing weather so that I can show you why it is so aptly called Frostweed.     

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