RUSH MILKWEED (ASCLEPIAS SUBULATA) SEED GROW OUT FOR MONARCH CONSERVATION

picture of Teresa Reyes presenting his/her poster: RUSH MILKWEED (ASCLEPIAS SUBULATA) SEED GROW OUT FOR MONARCH CONSERVATION

Teresa Reyes , Ted. Martinez

RUSH MILKWEED (ASCLEPIAS SUBULATA) SEED GROW OUT FOR MONARCH CONSERVATION

Seeds of Rush Milkweed (Asclepias subulata) were wild harvested by the Desert Botanical Garden under contract by the Xerces Society. The Xerces Society has contracted Arizona Western College (AWC) to amplify seeds of Rush Milkweed. AWC initiated greenhouse propagation in spring 2012. Seedlings germinated at a rate of 51 % and then survived at a rate of 79 %. Plants direct sown into the field survived at a rate of 74 % but greatly out grew greenhouse grown plants. This unique partnership will provide valuable phenological data on Rush Milkweed that can enhance conservation efforts as well as enhance student learning about ecological horticulture and conservation.

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