Missouri Botanical Garden Changes Conservation of Mead’s Milkweed

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Nearly 100 miles south of St. Louis in Taum Sauk Mountain State Park grows a rare yellow-flowered plant called Mead’s milkweed. The tallgrass prairie perennial beloved by monarch butterflies is native to Missouri and found primarily in Show Me State and eastern Kansas.

For decades, Mead’s Milkweed has been under threat. But researchers at the Missouri Botanical Garden have made a breakthrough in understanding the plant’s propagation issues. Now their work gives the species a fighting chance.

Fridays Saint Louis liveChristy Edwards, conservation geneticist at the Missouri Botanical Garden, will discuss her research and how it has fundamentally changed the way conservationists try to preserve the species.

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