Antelope Horn Milkweed

Milkweed, Quail Habitat Management and the Texas Drought

The bobwhite quail released last year are beginning to nest and a good quail habitat management program is important.  I’m using this year to document as many natural, seed producing plants as possible to help develop a long term, sustainable, natural bobwhite quail habitat.

It’s very dry this Spring in Central Texas and only a few wildflowers are blooming.  One plant seems almost entirely resistant to the current drought – Antelope Horn Milkweed – Asclepias viridis.

Antelope Horn Milkweed
Antelope Horn Milkweed for Bobwhite Quail Habitat

These plants grow long shoots close to the ground and produce large blooms.

Antelope Horn Milkweed Flowers
Antelope Horn Milkweed Flowers for Quail Habitat Management

Milkweed as Bobwhite Quail Habitat

The blooms produce a multitude of little flowers and then a very large seed pod that creates the traditional milkweed seeds.  This probably isn’t the best plant for quail habitat management since the seeds are so very small and subject to being blown away in the wind.