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.
You are Visitor 102 since June 1, 2017
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.