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Master Gardener: Host Plants In Your Garden And Yard


April 23, 2018

According to the “Free Dictionary” by Farlex, in “agriculture a host plant is one which aids, shelters or protects another plant in its growth.” There are also host plants for many butterflies and moths, plants which provide food for the larvae of these insects.

Many insects are “generalists,” using a variety of plants, but some have one and only one host plant. An example is the Monarch butterfly, whose only host plant is milkweed (Asclepias). Since in recent years the Monarchs have lost habitat the size of Texas, and their numbers are critically low because of that, it is i...

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