Tweedia (Oxypetalum caerulea)

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    Anonymous
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    There are some references to Tweedia (syn Oxypetalum caerulea) being a substitute host plant for the Monarch (Danaus plexippus). Has anyone had any success with this?

    I see that it is being offered on trademe.co.nz as "back-up food for the hungry (Monarch) caterpillars of any age".

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    Bernie
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    Hi Mothman
    I have often used tweedia in my butterfly house.Although it does not produce as much leaf as most milkweeds,it has a pretty blue flower and serves as a nectar source for other butterflies.Very few eggs are laid on it but the monarch cats eat it with no problem whatsoever.

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