Welcome to the West GA Chapter
of the Georgia Native Plant Society.

The chapter was formed by a group of native plant enthusiasts, in September 2008, to serve the people in the western counties of the North Georgia piedmont.

  • We promote the use of native plants in home, commercial and community landscapes.

  • We rescue plants in danger of destruction by development, working with property owners and developers to relocate the native plants in an organized and safe manner.

  • We promote the restoration of native habitat and provide educational information about restoration to the public.

  • We discourage the use of non-native, invasive plant species.

You are invited to join us at our meetings, which are open to the public, and are held in the Carrollton Ag Center. Check out the Meetings & Activities page (link in the navigation bar, to the left) for meeting dates and to learn about other activities.

Please Note: Due to GPS issues, regarding the location of the Ag Center, please check the above link for accurate directions.

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Asclepias tuberosa
    (ass-KLE-pee-us    too-ber-OH-suh)
Orange Milkweed, taken on June 5, 2005.
Photo Credit: Mike Strickland

Asclepias tuberosa can do well in the home landscape.

Asclepias tuberosa, or Butterfly Weed, is a common sight along roadsides and in ditches. With its long bloom time from May until September, this makes a great flower for home gardens. Flower color can be yellow to dark red, but is generally a shade of orange, forming clusters that are 2-5 inches across atop hairy stems with narrow lance-shaped leaves. Green 'football shaped' seed pods produce dozens of flat brown seeds with a filament attached. As the pods ripen to a golden brown, the seeds are released and they float through the air, alighting a distance from the parent plant. With its long tap root, the Asclepias is very difficult to transplant, so collecting the ripened seeds is a surer way of propagating this plant. This plant prefers full sun and a dry soil. It is very drought tolerant. The Butterfly Weed provides nectar for butterflies and hummingbirds, as well as serving as a larval host plant for butterflies including Monarchs, Grey Hairstreaks and Queens. It is also very valuable as a nectar source for honey bees, bumblebees, and other native bees.

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To contact us:

West Ga Chapter of GNPS
PO Box 635
Carrollton, GA 30112

E-mail:
Info@WGaWildflowers.org

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