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prickly pod shrub NSW

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EDIT: Nevermind, managed to finally track them down. cotton bush, Gomphocarpus.

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I'm also trying to find out what these small tough, woody stemmed shrubs are, with small hard buds that turn into small creamy flowers. Hope someone can help

Nevermind, solved this mystery "Paddy's lucerne" for the small creamy flowers

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top is swan plant...milkweed ...attracts monarch butterflies who lay their eggs on it.....precious...collect fluffy seeds and plant in frosty free area...spring...temp

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this track rips it in that special way that only terrafractyl can

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top is swan plant...milkweed ...attracts monarch butterflies who lay their eggs on it.....precious...collect fluffy seeds and plant in frosty free area...spring...temp

Why would you actively spread this weed? It is so abundant that there is no need to create any more of it.

If you are into butterflies why not plant things like native grasses, members of the Family Rutaceae or various rainforest spp instead...??

Our native plants support a huge diversity of magnificent butterflies..

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Why would you actively spread this weed? It is so abundant that there is no need to create any more of it.

If you are into butterflies why not plant things like native grasses, members of the Family Rutaceae or various rainforest spp instead...??

Our native plants support a huge diversity of magnificent butterflies..

Not in NSW.......(oz centric :) )..........plants are generally specific to climatic zones..................frost tend to keep swan plant from becoming invasive here......................there are only 3 medium size butterflies on these islands, 2 natives (almost the same) and the introduced monarch. The swan plant is the introduced food plant for them to survive. Sadly in their native habitat they are under threat.

Plant swan plant and they sail about your garden like kites......Even had a few over winter in the fir trees.

The caterpillars will strip a plant clean, maybe you need some to eat your problem weed.

people pay good money for weed.

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^^ Hey sorry about that Dreamwalker - your location is a bit generic - didn't realise you are not in Oz...

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In Oz the caterpillars of monarchs eat both Asclepias currasavica and Gomphocarpus fruticosus - there are so many of these weeds that most of the time the caterpillars barely make a dint.

Once more sorry for the mixup re: your location.

peace

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