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Prairie Facts

Report on Kirchoff Family Farm March 25, 2018 by Don Kirchoff

These images indicate some of our progress:

Photos by Don Kirchoff

Space for milkweed garden expansion. Zizotes garden is on far right. Have planted two rows of antelope horns. Waiting on rain.

Zizotes garden on 3/25/18:

Zizotes in garden already have flower buds (as do some wild ones in the prairie). I saw one monarch and Brenda saw two monarchs last week.

Three 8” Hiko trays with Antelope horn milkweeds Asclepias asperula planted from seed collected from the lone specimen your interns found last year. We’ll transplant these, scattered, on the prairie in a couple weeks.

Brazil plant Condalia hookeri and granjeno Celtis ehrenbergiana that we planted to Chris Best’s instructions: lightly covered Indian Paintbrush Castilleja indivisa seeds on top of each cell. (INTERESTING CONCEPT!)

Here’s a photo of two Manfreda maculosa Agavaceae we grew from seeds given to us by a friend. The plant on the left had a 6’ tall blossom shaft last fall. Now it appears to be propagating itself with at least three new plants emerged from the pot. The other one appears to be making babies also. I assume this an additional way they propagate. Seedlings we transplanted to the prairie and in our back yard are growing, but MUCH more slowly than these in the pots.

Have not seen any manfreda butterflies; Pat Merkord photographed a butterfly that looked similar; she had a different name for it.

Don Kirchoff