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Prairie Facts

Report on Kirchoff Family Farm April 6, 2017 by Don Kirchoff

Don Kirchoff wrote:

“Yesterday, 04/05/17, ecologist, Chris Best and I transplanted 20 zizotes seedlings to our milkweed garden on the Kirchoff Prairie.

(We have 45 more ready to transplant and approximately 30 small ones that should be ready for transplant this fall.)

More significantly, the two USFWS interns conducted their monarch habitat survey yesterday located an Antelope Horn milkweed plant with four seed capsules on the N side of the property. 

Chris said that because the plant had seed capsules it is certain that another plant exists within a bumble bee’s foraging distance of this first plant discovered.

No antelope horns we have transplanted to the prairie and grown from seeds we collected in the Edwards Plateau or DeWitt County have survived in our black clay soil. Therefore, the plant discovered yesterday by the interns must be native and must have unique genetics for it to thrive in this Wilson County black land environment.

We will wrap the plant in bridal cloth to assure that the seeds to not escape us when the capsules open.”
Don

References:
Zizotes milkweed (Asclepias oenotheroides)
USFWS
Antelope Horn milkweed (Asclepias asperula)