New experimental common garden to study milkweed. | Desert Botanical Garden

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A new experimental milkweed (Asclepias spp.) common garden is being constructed at Desert Botanical Garden and will allow for research on monarch and queen butterfly host suitability, pollinator support, and milkweed physiological responses to arid conditions. The site was constructed and fenced this year and milkweed planting has begun. Initial data collection will begin in the spring. The project spearheaded by Plant and Insect Ecology Program Coordinator, and PhD student Natalie Melkonoff will provide new infrastructure to study the effects of climate change on milkweed plants native to Arizona and the butterfly species they support.

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