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Native Plant Sale

By on April 2, 2014 in Events

April 19, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Nursery Manager Ron Singer will be selling some of the OVLC’s best stock of natives from our own Ojai Meadows Preserve Native Plant Nursery.

Who doesn’t love the sight of a monarch butterfly in spring? Sadly, that joy is becoming more infrequent as their habitat is being eradicated. A recent L.A. Times article estimated that the yearly migration from Mexico which used to have nearly a billion participants is down to approximately 150 million. One of the main culprits is the rapid disappearance of milkweed, the sole food source for the monarch larvae.

The most common local milkweed, Asclepias fascicularis, is found on our Ojai Meadows Preserve. Narrow-leaf milkweed loves a full day of sun, and almost any kind of soil will do. They emerge in March and multiple stalks grow to two feet tall, covered in hungry (and beneficial) insects, including the monarch larva. It has showy pink/white blossoms in late summer with amazing silky seedpods afterwards, and is dormant from December through March. If you have a single sunny spot in your garden, you have room for milkweed.

Our plant sale is in April at our Native Plant Nursery on Besant Road. We will have plenty of milkweeds as well as dozens of other drought tolerant native species. Hope to see you then. ”

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