What a surprise
to find I had both
the Calotropis procera & Calotropis gigantea growing in my deck garden. I am not one for 'specifics', I grow for the mere fun & personal enjoyment in feeling I am helping the Monarch to have a chance at life, not for any other reason
. And BTW I have sent some b'fies across the state lines, & the the law hasn't come knocking at my door, yet. At least the b'flies lived, & were released, giving them a chance for a life
, not held in, or released to a certain death. Now with good conscious, which is truly
best? No answer, please, I know the answer. They came from a certified grower, who sent them to me, I merely forwarded them.
I try to keep up with what I have, but, if by chance, I get a new variety, as I did last year from seeds, or by purchasing on-line, I don't get all involved in researching, I just plant & nuture, try to protect from pests, & enjoy. So, in a moment of relaxation, this morning with 1st cup of coffee, I visited some of the sites for mw that have been listed that I hadn't gone to b4.
By the photos, I made a new directory folder for list of what was in my garden, as another member had requested my list, & I wanted to be as specific as I could. When it came to the Giant mw, I copied the pic, then the info, thinking this was from some seeds shared w/ me, & I, in my mind was referring to it as a 'very large Common mw', (which was fine for my (mental catalog) only to find by leaf & bloom identification that it was Calotropis gigantea
Giant Milkweed (AKA: Giant Calotrope); then when it came to the Calotropis procera
Calotrope (AKA: Rubberbush, Apple of Sodom, Roostertree), I stopped 'dead on the keyboard', not 'dead in my tracks', as the saying goes. Did a little mental run-through or fillmstrip in my mind, of leaves, blooms, & was thrilled to find that I already had both. So, going back through the posts has proven to be really helpful, & now my wanted list is completed. Although my Calotropis procera's Calotrope (AKA: Rubberbush, Apple of Sodom, Roostertree), (not wanting to leave out any of the Latin name, or descriptive terms), have not bloomed, have about 15 of these beauties, there is no mistaking the leaves
. So am heading out now to do my "ritualistic morning check for pests", which has turned out to more fun since I started getting the knack of preventing the Oleander aphids this year, & will give each of my C. proceras a little "iluvu
", as well as the others. Have been so Blessed by God to have not seen these horrid aphids, my plants have been the prettiest this year than ever b4, have to give credit to the
Master gardener for this, I do my praying & praising out among His creations, is a wonderful way to start off my day. And with seeing my first babies y'day, am going to have a wonderful weekend
. That is, if I don't get chided for wrong name or something
. God Bless all. Have a butterfly weekend..tarheel BTW, I know the Latin names are supposed to be italics, but am not one for specifics, as I said & if
the photos were copywrited, let 'em sue me, not even gonna publish or print, just keeping on laptop for identification, gosh I hope I covered my back in this post. (some will know what I mean